Paul Merson confidently predicted that Chelsea would slaughter Newcastle United last Saturday, but was left disappointed when Newcastle bounced back with an excellent showing.

However, Merson has chosen to believe that 2-2 draw was mostly due to Chelsea’s failings and that they only stared playing three quarters of the way through the match.

The fact being that it was Newcastle taking much of the initiative for the first hour and pushing the visitors back.

As first team coach Paul Simpson has pointed out, the last half hour wasn’t just Chelsea playing better, it was just as much about the players getting to two goals up and then stopping doing the good things that had got them into that position.

A massive factor of course is in the respective benches.

Whilst Newcastle brought on 19 year old Ivan Toney fresh from League Two, the as ever frustrating Gabriel Obertan and the fragile Siem de Jong…

Chelsea called on players of the quality of Willian, Falcao and Ramires, with the likes of Mikel and Terry left on the bench.

Paul Merson predicts a Newcastle defeat pretty much every week and is hoping Manchester City can do the job this weekend and predicts (wants…) a 3-0 defeat for Newcastle, let’s hope the players prove him wrong again.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“I thought Chelsea would have slaughtered Newcastle last weekend and that didn’t happen.

“I expect Man City to bounce back from their two shocking results in the league.”

Newcastle at their best but..:

“Newcastle did as well as they could and still only drew against a Chelsea side that didn’t turn up until midway through the second half.

“I fancy Sergio Aguero to build off his late penalty in the Champions League and steer City back on track.”