Paul Merson predicts Chelsea vs West Brom, claims Diego Costa is better than Alexis Sanchez

Here’s what Merson predicted:

West Brom have done brilliantly so far, but it’s a big ask at Stamford Bridge. They will keep it tight, make it difficult and wait for set-pieces.

Who could have seen them being a point behind Manchester United in early December? What an achievement.

As for Chelsea, they have some very winnable games over Christmas and if they keep this run going, they could be hard to catch.


PAUL MERSON also believes Chelsea’s Diego Costa is a better striker than Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez has been in fine form for Arsenal this season, and has so far scored 13 goals for Arsene Wenger’s side in all competitions.

But Merson believes Chelsea star Costa is the best striker in the Premier League right now.

The Spaniard has 11 league goals to go with his 5 assists and scored in the impressive 3-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

When asked who was the best striker in the Premier League, Merson told Sky Sports: “Right now it’s Costa.

“He holds the ball up, plays on his own and scored another fantastic goal at the weekend.

“I don’t see Sanchez as a centre-forward, even though he’s done great and doesn’t lack a lot.

“For me he doesn’t do the same job in the big games.

“For example, if they are playing Real Madrid and Madrid are dominating the game the ball won’t stick with Sanchez like it would with Costa; he can’t hold it up the same way.”

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