Paul Merson has been casting his eye over Newcastle’s clash with Chelsea later this afternoon.

After wins for Newcastle the previous three times, what are United’s chances this time?

Zero, according to Merson.

The former Arsenal and Middlesbrough player says that Newcastle have got no chance and Chelsea are ‘bankers’ (or at least I think that is what he said…).

Paul Merson predicts a ‘nervy’ St James Park and says Chelsea will easily pick off the home side.

The only positive that he can find to say about the Tymeside part of the argument is that he likes Steve McClaren.

A lot of people seem to be saying that but popularity doesn’t equal points.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“There’s no chance for Newcastle in this one. Chelsea are a banker. Newcastle can’t stop losing.

“I like Steve McClaren but they’re just struggling so badly.”


“The fans are rightly frustrated and Saturday could turn nervy within 10 minutes at St James’ Park.

“Jose Mourinho’s side love that and he’ll pick them off easily.”