Paul Merson thinks that Norwich had a massive result at West Brom last time, whilst at St James Park he felt Newcastle were ‘quite lucky’ to get a draw against Sunderland.

Describing the derby game as Newcastle ‘finishing well in the final 10 minutes’, Paul Merson believes that Newcastle’s luck will really run out at Carrow Road.

The former Arsenal player has predicted a 2-1 win for Norwich which would send them six points clear and six goals better when it comes to goal difference – what would be a disaster for NUFC.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“A massive game for both sides. Newcastle were quite lucky against Sunderland in their last game.

“They finished well in the final 10 minutes but Sunderland let them back into it.

“Norwich had a good result at West Brom and I think they can win this and leave Newcastle in real trouble.”

As for Sunderland, Paul Merson describes their game with West Brom as a must win one for the mackems.

He has gone for a 2-0 win to Sunderland which would then really isolate Newcastle if he got both outcomes correct.

Paul Merson:

“It is a must win game for Sunderland and I think they will do it.

“West Brom are not the worst team on the road but they were poor against Norwich in their last game and I’m going for Sunderland to win.

“It will be hard for them to get out of the bottom three so this is a big game for them.”

Elsewhere, Paul Merson has gone for West Ham to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 and Villa to lose 3-0 at home to Chelsea.

If he got all four results right, the Premier League bottom end would look like this on Saturday at 5pm (points before each team):

33 Crystal Palace (GD -10)

31 Norwich (GD -21)

29 Sunderland (GD-17)

25 Newcastle (GD -27)

16 Aston Villa (GD -39)

Let’s hope Paul Merson’s predictions are as reliable as usual…