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Pundits Make Premier League Predictions For Round 14 (Nov 30-Dec 2)

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Check out expert predictions from Michael Owen, Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson on the upcoming Premier League fixtures this weekend.

Another weekend of football and another round of Premier League predictions are available for us.

Plenty of fun and drama awaits this weekend. Some titanic clashes are coming up both up and down the table as teams look to make crucial ground ahead of the Christmas period. So will there be more exciting goal affairs or any interesting Premier League predictions?

To answer this, we turned to former Liverpool stars Mark Lawrenson on BBC and Michael Owen on BetVictor, as well as ex-Arsenal man Paul Merson on SportsKeeda for some Premier League predictions.

Tuesday, November 30

Newcastle United vs Norwich City

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 2-0

“I think this one will be tight. All in all, I think it might take Eddie Howe a bit of time to get his ideas across, but in front of a packed home crowd, I think they might just get the result they crave here.”

Paul Merson: 2-0

“If Norwich are brave, I think they can get something out of this. I think Norwich are going to sit back and let the hosts play, and that could play into Newcastle’s hands this week.”

Mark Lawrenson: 2-1

“I think the home crowd will play a big part here, because they realize relegation is staring them in the face. That might be enough to get Newcastle over the line, and get them a win – at last.”

Read the full match preview between Newcastle United and Norwich City for stats and betting tips here.

Leeds United vs Crystal Palace

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 1-1

“Leeds have another tough evening in prospect, as Crystal Palace can make things awkward. There’s been a real lack in front of goal for the home side this season, and I think that could hinder them again. Palace are drawing a lot of games, and I reckon another point here will be looked upon as one well-earned. It’s 1-1 for me.”

Paul Merson: 1-1

“Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace juggernaut came to a grinding halt against Aston Villa. That was a poor result for Palace, but I think they will eventually bounce back in the Premier League. Crystal Palace are a better team than they were over the weekend, but Leeds could present a determined front.”

Mark Lawrenson: 2-1

“This is a tough one to call, because Crystal Palace have been playing well. I just have this feeling Leeds will burst into life soon, the way Leicester did against Watford at the weekend.”

Read the full match preview between Leeds United and Crystal Palace for stats and betting tips here.

Wednesday, December 1

Southampton vs Leicester City

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 1-2

“We know how good the Foxes can be, and although we’ve not seen it enough this season, I think they might be about to turn a corner. I’m expecting a decent match, and I think the Foxes will nick the points.”

Paul Merson: 2-1

“Leicester City, on the other hand, are struggling at the moment. They can’t seem to keep a clean sheet – it’s been their Achilles’ heel this season. We’ve seen it in the Europa League as well. Leicester will concede goals, and I’d back Southampton to pull off a victory this week.”

Mark Lawrenson: 1-2

“The Foxes have been up and down all season but James Maddison is playing well at the moment, and Jamie Vardy is back among the goals too so I fancy them to get another win here.”

Wolves vs Burnley

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 1-0

“I see a low-scoring affair here, although I do feel Wolves have just enough quality to take the points.”

Paul Merson: 2-0

“We’re a third of the way into the Premier League season, and it’s not early doors anymore. Wolves have the quality to finish in the top six, and I think they’ll win this game.”

Mark Lawrenson: 1-0

“Wolves are still in decent form but Burnley are on a four-game unbeaten run and had the weekend off because of the snow. This feels like it will be a close game, and there won’t be many goals in it.”

Watford vs Chelsea

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 0-2

“Whilst the Hornets have improved under Ranieri, this is a whole different test. I don’t think there will be a lot in it, although I do expect the visitors to make the short trip home with all three points in the bag.”

Paul Merson: 1-3

“This is a dangerous game for Chelsea. Claudio Ranieri is not under much pressure at Watford. He knows the Premier League and with the way Watford play, Chelsea’s defense will be tested.[But] I’d back them to win this match.”

Mark Lawrenson: 0-3

“I’d imagine we will see more of Blues striker Romelu Lukaku here after he came off the bench late on against United, and that is not good news for Watford. Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri lost out to one of his former clubs, Leicester, on Saturday, and I don’t think he will have much joy against Chelsea either.”

West Ham vs Brighton

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 2-1

“I see another close one in prospect but I think the Hammers have just enough to get the job done.”

Paul Merson: 1-1

“Brighton are getting back to where they were last year in the Premier League, to be honest. They produce lovely football from box to box but they’re missing far too many chances. Both teams have work to do at the moment and a draw is very likely here.”

Mark Lawrenson: 2-0

“West Ham need a win too – they played well at Manchester City on Sunday but slipped to a second successive defeat. They are at home, and I think they will get one.”

Everton vs Liverpool

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 1-2

“The Reds can’t stop scoring at the moment. If Salah and Mane are in the mood, I think they’ll notch up another victory.”

Paul Merson: 0-3

“I can honestly see only one winner here. If you’re an Everton fan, you’re probably hoping that this game doesn’t get out of hand. There’s only one way Everton can play this game – they’ll put 11 men behind the ball and play on the counter.”

Mark Lawrenson: 0-2

“Quite often going into these derby games, I think it doesn’t matter whether teams are at the top or bottom of the table because they feel so different but, this time, the sheer quality of Liverpool means I cannot see them creating chances without taking some of them.”

Aston Villa vs Manchester City

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 1-3

“I can see Villa putting up a good fight here, however, City just have too much quality going forward, so I think they’ll win by a couple of goals.”

Paul Merson: 1-2

“If Manchester City turn up and play well, however, they win. It’s as simple as that. Villa do have Ollie Watkins on the counter, and their forward players can hurt Pep’s plans. Aston Villa will need a slice of luck here, but I don’t see how they can stop Manchester City.”

Mark Lawrenson: 1-1

“If Grealish and Foden are back, I’d be more confident of a City victory. Without them, Villa might nick something, especially because their tails are up at the moment.”

Thursday, December 2

Tottenham vs Brentford

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 2-0

“I think Brentford will have a go here, but if Antonio Conte has his side well drilled, which I think he will, I think Spurs can pick them off on the counter. It’s 2-0 to the home side for me.”

Paul Merson: 2-1

“Spurs had a bit of a rest the other day and will be fresh going into this game. They have a lot of class upfront with Kane and Son. Brentford could keep one eye on their crucial game against Leeds on Saturday, and Spurs will likely hold the upper hand this week.”

Mark Lawrenson: 2-0

“I am going with a Tottenham home win here, though. Their game at Burnley on Sunday was snowed off and that just means Antonio Conte will get even more time with his players. I just picture him constantly working with them tactically, as well as on their fitness, and I think his good start at Spurs will continue here.”

Manchester United vs Arsenal

Pundits predictions

Michael Owen: 2-1

“For Arsenal, there’s definitely been improvement here, although to be honest, I do think they’re slightly behind Manchester United when you look at the sides pound-for-pound. With that in mind, I’m going for a home win for the Red Devils.”

Paul Merson: 1-1

“United haven’t become a good team overnight. Carrick will take a chance against Arsenal – I’d be shocked if Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo don’t start. They aren’t very good defensively, however, and can’t afford to be too open against Arsenal. I reckon both teams would be pretty happy with a draw this week.”

Mark Lawrenson: 2-1

“The Gunners got back to winning ways against Newcastle, and created loads of chances in that game, but United playing at home in front of their new manager will have something to prove.”

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