Who will come out on top in the Premier League this weekend? Paul Merson is back with his predictions…
Merse got one perfect score last weekend – Arsenal to beat West Brom 2-0 – and six correct results as Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United picked up away victories.
Who is the Magic Man tipping to win this weekend?
Last weekend’s results
|Correct Score||Merse predicted|
|West Ham 2-3 Tottenham||1-3|
|Brighton 1-0 Newcastle||1-1|
|Arsenal 2-0 West Brom||2-0|
|Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield||2-0|
|Everton 2-1 Bournemouth||2-0|
|Southampton 0-1 Man Utd||0-2|
|Stoke 0-4 Chelsea||1-3|
|Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace||4-0|
|Swansea 1-2 Watford||1-1|
|Leicester 2-3 Liverpool||1-2|
Huddersfield v Tottenham – Saturday from 11.30am
Huddersfield have been tight at the back so far, keeping four clean sheets from their six league games so far, but sooner or later they are going to have to come out and score goals. I watched them against Burnley last week and I thought they were very comfortable but at some point they are going to have to do a bit more because I don’t think another 30 0-0 draws will get you out of trouble.
Huddersfield are coming up against a different kettle of fish this weekend but they do work hard and that will shock Spurs, but in the end the visitor’s quality will tell. Harry Kane is absolutely flying at the moment and Huddersfield won’t have come up against anyone like that yet. I don’t see how they will be able to contain him.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3
Everton v Burnley – Sunday from 4.15pm
Everton will have to be very patient against Burnley. I watched Burnley the other day and I was left wondering how they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and drew with Spurs and Liverpool, because they never really looked like scoring against Huddersfield.
I thought they were poor but then again they did a job. Last season Burnley were excellent at home but this season it seems to have reversed and it’s their away form that has been impressive. That being said, if Everton can remain patient I think they will break Burnley down eventually to pick up another home win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0
Newcastle v Liverpool – Sunday from 3.30pm
Liverpool could have won 10-1 in the Champions league after the chances they created the other night. With the attacking talent at their disposal they will always create chances and at St James’ Park I don’t see it being any different. Newcastle, backed by their home crowd will also go for it which could play into Jurgen Klopp’s hands.
I did initially write down 3-0 to Liverpool but I’m going to have to change my mind to 3-1 because I don’t trust Liverpool at the back. However Liverpool are class going forward and I’d be shocked if Newcastle coped with them.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3
Bournemouth v Leicester City – Saturday, 3pm
Bournemouth were excellent for spells at Everton but in the end came up short. Jermain Defoe had a brilliant chance to make it 2-0 and that would have game over, but Everton managed to turn it around.
However, they are back at the Vitality Stadium this weekend against a Leicester side, who have not hit their straps yet. I watched them against Huddersfield a few weeks back and in the end I thought they were fortunate to get a point. They are struggling. I can see Bournemouth just edging a home win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1
West Brom v Watford – Saturday, 3pm
West Brom were extremely unlucky against Arsenal on Monday. First up, I thought they should have had a stonewall penalty and then they created some brilliant chances. If they get the penalty and convert it then the game becomes entirely different with the pressure shifting onto Arsenal.
I thought they did okay and they can build on that performance. Meanwhile Watford have made an excellent start to the season and they’ve been outstanding away from home. I just have to side with West Brom though. I can see them making things extremely tight and nicking a win through a set piece.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0
West Ham v Swansea City – Saturday, 3pm
West Ham have been a bit better in recent weeks. They had the win over Huddersfield before getting a solid point away at West Brom. Then came last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Spurs and if I’m being honest, I thought the scoreline flattered the Hammers.
I thought Slaven Bilic made a bit of an error in that game because he started with Javier Hernandez up front and then when Michael Antonio got injured he brought Andy Carroll on. By starting Hernandez, it tells me Bilic thought he was going to cause Tottenham more problems with pace and movement in attack so why didn’t he bring on Andre Ayew to replace Antonio? With Carroll on the field I thought West Ham went from back to front too quickly. They would have worked on a game plan all week and it all went out the window when it could have stayed the same.
However, I can see them getting back to winning ways here against a Swansea side struggling for form and confidence.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0
Stoke City v Southampton – Saturday, 3pm
It was a disappointing result for Stoke last week but they just came up against a very good Chelsea side. I watched Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek against Atletico Madrid and they will not be far off winning that competition in my opinion. I think Stoke, who will have Kurt Zouma back, will win this game 1-0. I know they got battered last week but Southampton aren’t in the same league as Chelsea and I never like going against Stoke at home.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0
Man United v Crystal Palace – Saturday, 3pm
Crystal Palace had some good chances against Man City but they just could not find the back of the net. I’m concerned for Palace in this one. There’s an international break just around the corner and I think United will be ruthless. I can’t see anything but a United win here and it’s going to comfortable for Jose Mourinho and his side.
It’s difficult to see where Palace go from here if they suffer another big defeat at Old Trafford. After the international break it doesn’t get any easier as they play Chelsea. And if the teams around them pick up a few points it just gets worse and worse for Roy Hodgson.
PAUL PREDICTS: 4-0
Chelsea v Manchester City – Saturday, 5.30pm
I cannot separate these two sides so I’m going for a 1-1 draw. It should be a great game. Chelsea’s win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday was one of the best performances I’ve seen away from home in Europe for a long time.
This is another big game for Chelsea though. We expect United to win at home to Palace and that would mean Chelsea would be six points behind them before kick-off at Stamford Bridge. I know it’s still early in the season but that is still a lot of points. Because of that I think both sides being happy with a draw.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1
Arsenal v Brighton – Sunday, noon
Arsenal’s trip to Belarus in the Europa League should not get in the way of three points against Brighton. However Arsene Wenger can’t take underestimate Chris Hughton’s side. That’s where some managers are coming unstuck at the moment, taking teams lightly. We saw that when Tottenham played Swansea at Wembley with Heung-min Son playing left wing-back and Liverpool making six changes against Burnley. You have to play your best team and if they do the Gunners should win easily.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0
Aston Villa signs Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal
Premier League side Aston Villa, have completed the signing of Arsenal Goalkeeper Emiliano Martineli, for a fee of around 20 Million pounds.
The 28 year old Argentine shot stopper,won the FA Cup and The Community Shield with the gunners and has now penned a Four-year deal with Aston Villa.
Villa’s Manager, Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.
“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our Club for the long term.”
Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang Signs A new Contract Extension at Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new 3 year contract with the gunners, putting away any doubts that Arsenal were going to loose their top talisman come the end of the season as his previous 3 and a half contract comes to an end.
The 31 year old Gabon striker,announced his new contract extension by going live on Arsenal’s social media platforms.
Aubemayang said: ‘I signed the thing because I want to become an Arsenal legend, maybe leave a legacy.
‘It’s time to work a lot to become a legend but for sure I will give my best as always. This is my home. I am really happy to stay here. I will always give you my best. Signing for this special club was never in doubt.’
Aubameyang joined Arsenal in January 2018 and has a mindblowing 72 goals and 15 assists in just 111 games.
Chelsea Complete Signing of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig
Chelsea have confirmed in a club statement the signing of German foward Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
The 24 year old striker is currently enjoying his most profitable season yet in his career, scoring 32 goals and providing 13 assists in 42 appearances across all competition for Leipzig.
Werner said: ‘I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.’
Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.’
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Positive Aubameyang will Extend his Contract with the Gunners
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he is “pretty positive” that Aubameyang will sign a new contract with the gunners.
The strikers current deal expires in June 2021. And he claimed that whether he signs or not will be the biggest decision of his life.
“He needs to feel valued, he needs to feel he belongs to us and that we want him,” said Arteta.
The 30 year old Gaboneese striker joined the gunners in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund scroring 61 goals in 97 appearances.
Arteta added: “I think at the moment I am extremely happy with how he’s been performing and behaving.
“I have a really good relationship with him and we can discuss face to face a lot of things. So far as I’m aware I think he’s very happy at the club.”
Speaking to a French football programme Telefoot Aubameyang said that he “hasn’t had an offer recently” from the club.
“I did speak to the club quite a few months ago, and they know why nothing has happened yet,” he said.
“It’s a turning point in my career and I want to be honest with everyone.
“They have the keys. It is up to them to do their work and, after that, we will see how things go. It’ll certainly be a very difficult decision to make.”
Barcelona and Inter Milan are believed to be interested in the striker.
Premier leauge action resumes on Wednesday when Arsenal travel to Etihad to face Manchester City.
Bandari FC Goes Digital To Keep Players Fit Amid Covid-19 Lockdown
Bandari Fc head coach Ken Odhiambo has taken advantage of latest technology to keep his players fit amid the Covid-19 lockdown. By the use of a WhatsApp group Odhiambo keeps his players on toes by sending them daily r exercise routines.
Each player has to give a feedback on their progress said Shaban Kenga the captain.
“We are under the progamme which we were all provided by the coach through the group. It’s a daily routine [from Monday-Friday],”he said. “On my part I always keep my fitness levels by training in the house or by looking for appropriate field for outdoor exercises,” said Kenga.
Kenga went ahead to hail his club official for not affecting their salary disbursement.
“We really thank the management. We have not had a situation where our salaries are not being disbursed, we are paid just as usual and this really needs an applause. It’s a difficult period for many families and we hope this will end soon.” Said Kenga
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF), last month declared Gor Mahia the 2019/2020 champions after cancelling the season amid the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision by FKF is being contested at the Sports Tribunal Court as it still remains unclear on when the 2020/2021 season will begin.