After kicking off the new season with seven correct results, Paul Merson is back with his Premier League predictions.
Manchester United and Huddersfield will be looking to build on their positive starts when they face Swansea and Newcastle respectively, live on Sky Sports Premier League. Tottenham and Chelsea then meet in a huge Nissan Super Sunday clash at Wembley before Manchester City host Everton on the first Monday Night Football of the season.
Swansea vs Man United
Swansea got a result at Southampton but they weren’t great. Manchester United didn’t really do anything for the first 30 minutes against West Ham, but then they scored the first goal and West Ham collapsed.
Having the Gylfi Sigurdsson deal sorted should help Swansea, but now they have to replace him. I know he hasn’t been playing but it has dragged on. I think Manchester United will have too much for them and will make it two wins from two.
Paul’s Prediction: Swansea 0-2 Manchester United
Chelsea vs Tottenham
Chelsea won’t lose here. I think both teams will be more than happy with a draw. You have to remember that the last thing Tottenham want to do is lose this game – their first at Wembley this season – and Chelsea can’t afford to lose a second game on the bounce.
Both teams will be nervous and I think it will be quite cagey.
If not a draw I would probably go Chelsea. I was not impressed with Tottenham at Newcastle, I thought they were poor.
Paul’s Prediction: Spurs 1-1 Chelsea
Man City vs Everton
I don’t see Everton scoring bundles of goals this season. Sigurdsson is a good player but where are all these new players going to play? I remember when James Milner was bought by Manchester City in the year they signed loads of players and you looked and thought where are they all playing? That’s the case now with Everton it seems.
Also, they have lost 25 goals with Romelu Lukaku. If you take Harry Kane away from Tottenham where would they finish? They still have a team full of experienced internationals, but Everton don’t. It’s a big void to fill. Everton will be seventh but they need a forward if they want to try to break the top four.
I don’t see Everton blowing teams away and Manchester City are on a different planet to them at the moment.
Paul’s Prediction: Man City 3-0 Everton