Paul Merson has previewed Monday night’s Leicester v Newcastle clash.

The former Arsenal player claiming ‘I worry for Newcastle a lot’.

Merson says that if Newcastle play like they did against Bournemouth then the match will be over by the halfway point on Monday.

Obviously Newcastle fans are counting on the Rafa Benitez factor to help take the team up a couple of notches, even if it is only with the usual new manager ‘bounce’.

However, as Paul Merson points out, it was ‘scary’ just how much better Bournemouth looked than Newcastle, especially taking into account the money spent in the last two transfer windows.

In some ways it is an ideal match for Rafa Benitez to kick off his Newcastle career, with no expectation of United getting anything.

However, the last thing the team needs is a heavy defeat to knock the confidence of the team ahead of the crucial derby next Sunday.

Interesting to see how Rafa Benitez sets his team up compared to Steve McClaren…

Paul Merson has gone for a 3-1 win to Leicester and any improvement on that scoreline is what most Newcastle fans would probably accept at this moment in time.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“I fancy Leicester strongly because there’s just as much pressure on Newcastle, and if they win on Monday I think Leicester put Arsenal to bed.

“They are eight points clear (of Arsenal) at the moment, and if they win this game they will be 11 clear and Arsenal have a game in hand.

“If Arsenal take six points from their three difficult away games – against Everton, West Ham and Man City – they’ve done very well. Those six points take them five behind Leicester and Leicester would have two games in hand. I don’t see how Arsenal can make it up.

“I watched Newcastle play Bournemouth last week and if they play anything like that again, this will be all over at half-time.

“I worry for them a lot. Bournemouth were so far advanced last week, and it was just scary considering the amount of money they’ve spent.”