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The Premier League title race approaches a potentially defining weekend, and Sky Sports Paul Merson looks ahead to the mouth-watering round of fixtures which sees the current top four face off on Super Sunday. Cheap Bucks Jerseys China . Up first, leaders Leicester travel to the Emirates Stadium looking to continue their remarkable rise against an Arsenal side hoping to keep their hopes of a first title in 12 years alive.Aston Villa then look to boost their unlikely bid for survival against Liverpool before the title race takes centre stage once again as second-placed Spurs travel to Manchester City. Last weeks predictions Result Merses prediction Man City 1-3 Leicester 3-1 Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich 1-1 Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle 1-0 West Brom 2-1 Stoke 0-3 Everton 2-2 Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham 1-0 Watford 3-1 Soton 1-0 West Ham 2-2 Bmouth 0-2 Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd 3-2 It proved to be another tough round of predictions last time out with the Magic Man managing just one correct score and two correct results. Scroll on to see how who Merson is tipping this week…Arsenal v Leicester - 12pm, Super Sunday Can Leicester slaughter Arsenal as they did Man City last weekend? Arsenal have to win this game for me but they are set up perfectly for Leicester, exactly the same as Man City were last week. Arsenal will have loads of the ball and then bang, Leicester will hit them on the counter. Leicester absolutely slaughtered City so Arsenal have got to be careful. They are nowhere near as good a team as Arsenal but they play a certain way which can majorly hurt them. This game will come down to how the first 25 minutes pans out. If Arsenal score early I fancy them to run away with it but if they dont I fancy Leicester. Arsenal will continue to bomb forward for a goal and that plays right into the hands of the leagues best counter attacking side. However, having said that, Arsenals class should prevail, but it wouldnt shock me one iota if Leicester won.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds 7/1)Man City v Tottenham - 4.15pm, Super Sunday The Magic Man tips Harry Kane to open to scoring at the Etihad Stadium If Im being honest, I dont see Spurs winning this game. They havent got pace on the counter like Leicester have so Im unsure how theyll hurt Man City. I dont see them losing the game though, theyll get a draw which is still a great result ahead of a favourable home game against Palace next week. Spurs have conceded 10 goals in their last two trips to the Etihad but this Tottenham team is a completely different animal under Mauricio Pochettino, this is one of the best sides theyve had in years. Man City will no doubt cause Spurs problems too but I dont see either side running away with a game which is relatively well matched.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 11/2)Aston Villa v Liverpool - 2.05pm, Super Sunday Villa backed to catch Liverpool off guard on Super Sunday This game is all about timing and this is perfect time for Aston Villa to be facing Liverpool. Jurgen Klopps team have just been beaten over 120 minutes in the FA Cup and theyve got the Europa League coming up on Thursday - for me their only chance of qualifying for the Champions League. Liverpool have to put all their eggs into one basket with the Europa League so I see Villa winning on Sunday. If Villa can win this game, and reduce the gap to five or six points, then suddenly theyre back in with a slim chance of staying up. Liverpool have been poor when defending set plays and that is where Villa look a threat, I fancy Joleon Lescott to bag the winner.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds 9/1)Chelsea v Newcastle - 5.30pm, Saturday Night Football Chelsea tipped to continue their revival under Hiddink against Newcastle Newcastle played really last week against West Brom and could have won by four or five. But, in the end, it was only 1-0 and West Brom had a chance to equalise late on, so its worrying they didnt put the game to bed. Chelsea are a different side now the players want to have a go, they have really picked up under Guus Hiddink. Ive got to take Newcastles dismal showing at Everton last week into consideration though, so Im backing Chelsea here. Newcastles away form has a greater influence than their impressive home performances.PAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Sky Bet odds 9/1)Sunderland v Man Utd - 12.45pm, Saturday Merson tips Wayne Rooney to fire United to victory at the Stadium of Light Manchester United have turned the corner, Ive been impressed. They looked really good at Chelsea and thoroughly deserved a draw at least. Sunderland, meanwhile, will have felt they did well against Man City, despite losing, and then they got a lucky draw at Liverpool if Im being honest. We will have to see whether the speculation surrounding Louis van Gaals future affects United but they seem to have turned the corner and I expect them to win at the Stadium of Light.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds 15/2)Bournemouth v Stoke - 3pm, Saturday Bournemouth will be hoping to convert their impressive displays into victory when Stoke visit the Vitality Ive watched Stoke a couple of times recently and theyve gone! Theyve lost their last two games 3-0, teams at the bottom of League Two dont even do that - that is some going. I thought Bournemouth showed Arsenal too much respect in the first half on Sunday but they did improve after the break. I fancy them to win here as long as they put in a similar display as they did against the Gunners.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Most popular Super 6 prediction: 2-1) Play Super 6! Think you can do better than Merse? Take him on at Super 6 for free here. Crystal Palace v Watford - 3pm, Saturday Can Palace end an eight-game wait for a Premier League victory? Im covering this game for Soccer Saturday and I fancy there to be goals. Despite drawing at Swansea last time out, Palace have got to start winning games to stop the rot. Neither side are in particularly good form if Im being honest and theyre both probably cup teams now, being a win or two away from all-but securing their Premier League status for next season. Watfords front two will be exciting as always and Palace always have a go wherever they play so I predict a Desmond.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (Most popular Super 6 prediction: 1-1)Everton v West Brom - 3pm, Saturday Outstanding Everton will have too much for a West Brom side looking over their shoulders This is one of my bankers of the weekend. West Brom played 120 minutes at Peterborough where they struggled in fairness. Tony Pulis has got to decide whether to play Saido Berahino or not, they need to start scoring goals and he is their only viable option. Albion need results fast to avoid being further sucked into a fight for survival. Take on Merse Think you know better than Merse? Take him on at Super 6 for the chance to win £250,000 here. Everton, meanwhile, have won their last three games 3-0, theyve tightened things up at the back and going forward they are very, very good. Stoke havent received a hiding at home like the one Everton dished out in many a day, they were unbelievable and it would have been six or seven had it not been for Jack Butland. I fancy Everton to make it four 3-0 wins on the spinPAUL PREDICTS: 3-0 (Most popular Super 6 prediction: 2-0)Norwich v West Ham - 3pm, Saturday Will other competitions hinder West Hams chances at Norwich? This game is another prime example of how the timing of football matches can affect the outcome. Norwich will have looked at the fixtures and probably wouldnt have fancied themselves against a West Ham side that has been flying this season.However, when you consider the Hammers played 120 minutes in midweek, have an eye on the next round of the cup and probably cant qualify for the top four, then this the best time ever to play them. West Ham have got a great chance to win the FA Cup and have bigger fish to fry so I fancy Norwich to nick a vital win.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Most popular Super 6 prediction: 1-2)Swansea v Southampton - 3pm, Saturday Can Southampton keep a fifth consecutive clean sheet? Southampton have really turned the corner. For Fraser Forster to do what hes done and keep five clean sheets is some going in a league where so many chances are created. You have to ride your luck to keep clean sheets in this league but take nothing away from Southampton - their dogged display against West Ham with 10 men was brilliant. I dont see Swansea scoring if Im being honest, theyve been so uncertain at the back I just see Saints winning.PAUL PREDICTS: 0-1 (Most popular Super 6 prediction: 1-2)Think you know better than Merse? Take him on at Super 6 for the chance to win £250,000! Also See: Premier League build-up LIVE! Premier League questions Table Live on Sky Get Sky Sports Cheap Milwaukee Bucks Jerseys . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. Wholesale Bucks Jerseys . - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.cheapbucksjerseys.com/ . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. CHICAGO -- Nearly 13 years after he was traded away, Joe Nathan is back with the Giants.San Francisco promoted the 41-year-old right-hander from Double-A Richmond before Saturdays game against the Chicago Cubs.I want to prove to myself that I can still do it, said Nathan, who signed a minor league deal Aug. 19.Nathan was a sixth-round pick of the Giants in 1995 and began his career as a starter before moving to the bullpen. But after struggling in the 2003 playoffs, Nathan was dealt along with left-hander Francisco Liriano to Minnesota for catcher A.J. Pierzynski.It turned out to a one-sided deal, as Nathan became one of the top closers in the game with 377 saves and six All-Star selections with Minnesota, Texas and Detroit. But he has appeared in only four major league games the past two seasons after a second Tommy John surgery.Ultimate motivation is to win a ring and from there it was kind of nice to prove some people wrong, Nathan said. Once I had the injury, I dont think it was 5 minutes after we found out I was going to have surgery that people were alreadyy saying, `So youre retiring, right?Nathan picked jersey No. Cheap Bucks Jerseys Authentic. 74, having been born in 1974.Manager Bruce Bochy says the playoff contenders plan to use Nathan in the sixth and seventh innings.Whats impressive is what hes accomplished, but he still has such passion for the game that here he is pitching at Double-A, Bochy said. And now here he is, back with the Giants.Nathan appeared in three games with the Cubs earlier this season, but was then released Aug. 6 amid a roster crunch.He had one really good game up in Milwaukee (on July 24) where we got a couple guys on and he struck out the side, Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. His pitches got up to the low 90s (mph) with some really good break. It was just a lack of opportunity with us. . Im really happy that hes there.The Giants opened a spot on the 40-man roster for Nathan by recalling right-hander Ray Black from Double-A Richmond and putting him on the 60-day disabled list. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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