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Merson’s surprise prediction

Paul Merson has backed West Ham to avoid defeat against Premier League leaders Chelsea and to take a point off the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have been in excellent form this season and are currently top of the table, a point clear of second-placed Manchester City.

They come into the game on a great run, given that they have only lost in the league to Manchester City.

However, Merson believes that the Hammers can take a point off Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League winners in the early kick-off on Saturday.

Speaking in his Sportskeeda column prior to the game, he said: “West Ham have gone backwards ever since they got into the Premier League top four. They can’t seem to win a match now – they’ve failed to win their last three games. This is a big game for West Ham, though, and they will be tighter at the back than they were against Brighton.

“Chelsea got lucky against Watford this week and haven’t been at their best this week. I’d play Romelu Lukaku in this match – West Ham’s biggest threat comes from set plays and Chelsea could use a player of Lukaku’s build. Chelsea are not playing particularly well at the moment and this game could turn out to be a draw.”

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Merson is predicting a 1-1 draw.

The Hammers, of course, are aiming to get back to winning ways after a poor run following the international break; the Hammers have lost to both Wolves and City and drawn with Brighton, so a result is sorely needed if the club are to continue their top-four push.


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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.