Merse is not looking forward to the North London derby as he predicts the weekend's results.
Last Updated: 30/09/11 8:49am
As ever, you can follow all the Premier League action this weekend on Sky Sports.
We asked Soccer Saturday expert Paul Merson to look at the fixtures and give us his verdict on where the games will be won and lost.
He's taking a close look at the live games but this season he's also having his say on all of the other matches, too.
Ford Football Special: Everton v Liverpool
12pm, Sat, Sky Sports HD2
I haven't been too impressed with Liverpool lately.
Just because they've paid OTT prices for players, people think they should go and beat anybody, but that's not the case. There aren't many Liverpool players that would even get in the Tottenham team right now.
I wasn't surprised to see them get turned over by Tottenham and they were up against it in the second half against Wolves after playing well in the first half.
I have to say that Luis Suarez is top drawer, he could hurt any team in world football, and I think Andy Carroll will be useful in this game. The two teams will close each other down, there won't be a lot of football played, and he will allow them to get the ball forward more quickly.
If Liverpool play from the back and take too many touches in midfield then Everton will squeeze them up the pitch and take the ball off them, just as Tottenham did, and that's why I think Carroll must play.
I felt Everton were comfortable for long periods against Man City and you can't blame David Moyes for a negative approach in that game. He'll have to play with a recognised forward in this one though and take the game to Liverpool.
The Merseyside derby is usually very cagey because there's so much at stake and Phil Thompson was saying on Wednesday night that this one is massive for both clubs.
It's very hard to call, so I'll play safe and call a draw, but if I had to pick a winner I'd choose Liverpool.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1
Super Sunday: Bolton v Chelsea
1pm, Sun, Sky Sports HD1
I don't think Bolton have ever recovered from losing the FA Cup semi-final.
If you look at their results since that game, it's relegation form. They have lost 10 of their last 11 Premier League matches and their only win came against QPR, when they were second best for most of the first half.
I fear for Bolton, I really do. They're in disarray at the moment and the worry for Owen Coyle is that they're letting in goals left, right and centre.
I'm surprised he's been leaving Kevin Davies out because when you're struggling you want players who will put themselves on the line for you. He will work his socks off, even when he's not playing well and defending starts from the front.
They need to beef up and just try to keep a clean sheet against a Chelsea team that was outstanding in Valencia. But for the goalkeeper, they could have had five or six against a team that gave Barcelona the runaround recently.
Frank Lampard was taken off in that game and that tells me he'll play on Sunday. I also think Nicolas Anelka - or possibly Daniel Sturridge - will replace Fernando Torres and try to stretch the game to allow Lampard and Juan Mata time on the ball.
The home fans would be happy with a 0-0 draw, but Chelsea have a good record there and I can't see anything but an away win.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3
Super Sunday: Tottenham v Arsenal
3.30pm, Sun, Sky Sports HD1
Football is the ultimate sport and playing football is the ultimate job, yet since I retired I don't miss it because I feel I had my time.
But the North London derby is the one fixture when I wish I could play again. As somebody who was brought up at the Arsenal, this is the ultimate football match.
When I was on my holidays during my playing days I used to ring my dad when the fixtures came out and the first thing I wanted to know was when we were playing Tottenham home and away. That's all I was interested in.
This game still gives me a massive buzz, but for the first time I fear it. I'm not looking forward to it at all. In fact, I'm half hoping my kids want to go to the pictures on Sunday afternoon.
I say that because I make Tottenham big, big favourites. For the first time in a long time their fans will be turning up to White Hart Lane expecting to beat Arsenal.
Maybe that's the only advantage Arsenal have got. There will be a lot of pressure on the home players because, if they go behind, the fans won't be as patient as they would have been in days gone by.
I can't believe how things have changed so quickly. Tottenham are stronger all over the pitch with two good strikers, Gareth Bale on the wing and Scott Parker and Luka Modric in midfield. You'd say their defence is stronger as well, especially when Ledley King's fit. He's world class.
In contrast, Arsenal are like an MFI wardrobe - they're all over the place. You can argue they've won their last three games but that would be covering the cracks. Those wins came against Shrewsbury Town, then 10-man Bolton and then Olympiacos, who are probably the worst travellers in European football.
I cannot see them keeping a clean sheet and Emmanuel Adebayor should rip them apart. I think Wojciech Szczesny has been a shining light and Robin van Persie could play for any team in the world, but when you look at the match-ups all over the pitch, you have to say Spurs are stronger.
That's why I can't see anything but a Tottenham win. I hope I'm wrong, I really do.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1
The rest of the weekend's games
Aston Vila v Wigan
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0
Aston Villa are unbeaten in the league, but as soon as they lose one it will become "they've only won once". They keep on drawing and letting leads slip; they need to be more positive going forward. Villa fans will be expecting a win, but Wigan have been doing okay this season and it will be close.
Blackburn v Man City
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2
This is a great time to play Man City after a difficult match in Munich. They drew with Fulham after their last Champions League game and they need to get used to playing in Europe. This will be a hard game, but I'll say they'll just get through it because Blackburn aren't good enough.
Man Utd v Norwich
PAUL PREDICTS: 4-1
Norwich thoroughly deserved to beat Sunderland and they could cause a few problems for Man United, who are too open. We saw that when they got let in three goals at home to a run-of-the-mill Basel team in midweek. I expect Man United to win, but Norwich can play with no fear and create a few chances.
Sunderland v West Brom
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1
I watched Sunderland against Norwich and there was something missing; I don't think you can play Nicklas Bendtner with Stephane Sessignon away from home. But they slaughtered Stoke in their last home game and I think they might get a tight win against a West Brom side that's struggling badly.
Wolves v Newcastle
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1
Newcastle's form has been surprising and they thoroughly deserved their results against Aston Villa and Blackburn. But I think they're punching above their weight and I'm going for Wolves here because they've got to get back to winning ways again.
Fulham v QPR
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2
I think QPR will win this West London derby. They were unlucky not to beat Villa last week and I was very impressed when they won 3-0 at Wolves because that's a hard place to go. Fulham have already played half a season and after another European game in midweek I think QPR will be fresher.
Swansea v Stoke
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0
Stoke are a good team, as we've seen against Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United, but it's hard to cope with the demands of European football. After a tough Europa League game, Swansea will make them chase the ball because they are good in possession. I'm surprising myself because I rarely go against Stoke, but I'm going for a home win.
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