Paul Merson’s Premier League Predictions Including Man Utd and Chelsea

“If Chelsea don’t win, they are out of the Premier League title race. Saying mid-January isn’t good for them, but it’s the reality of the situation.

“This is a huge game, but if you look at the table, Manchester City could probably lose it and still win the title.

Pep Guardiola’s side blew Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge even though the deficit was only 1-0. That just goes to show how good Manchester City have been this season and I think they will have another win this weekend.

“I’m excited for these two teams to meet again in the UEFA Champions League, so it’s going to be a big psychological battle.

Chelsea also had a game on Wednesday night and that will play its part. As for their attack options, it will be interesting to see who Thomas Tuchel decides to go with.

“Kai Havertz was excellent in the first leg and perhaps played his best football in a Chelsea shirt, but there is also Timo Werner, whose pace could be a huge asset.

That said, if Werner plays, he’s going to have to go against Kyle Walker’s pace so they can eventually knock each other out!

“Havertz, on the other hand, has the brain and intelligence to open up teams and make smart runs in the box, so this will be a big call for Tuchel.”

Forecast: Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

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