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The Premier League and FA Cup share the stage this weekend, with a number of big games across both competitions. Sky Sports Paul Merson looks ahead to the five fixtures in the league and the four FA Cup quarter-finals, with Reading up first against Crystal Palace on Friday night.Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all in action too with a Wembley semi-final the prize, while in the Premier League Tottenham and Leicester look to keep their foot down as the title race enters the home stretch. Mersons last predictions Result Merses prediction Watford 0-1 Leicester 1-1 Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City 1-2 Everton 2-3 West Ham 2-1 Man City 4-0 Aston Villa 4-0 Newcastle 1-3 Bournemouth 2-1 Southampton 1-1 Sunderland 2-1 Swansea 1-0 Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool 1-2 West Brom 1-0 Man Utd 1-2 Merse correctly guessed Man Citys 4-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend and Liverpools 2-1 triumph at Crystal Palace, while he also tipped a draw in the north London derby. Ed Chamberlin is joined by Paul Merson to discuss this weekends Premier League fixtures Scroll on to see who he is tipping this week, starting with the Premier League games...Norwich v Man City - 12.45pm, Saturday, Sky Sports 1 HDYou might as well start with a zero because Norwich cant score a goal at the moment. That is their Achilles heel. Its not as though they havent looked like finding the net because they create the chances, but they just cant finish. Merse fears for Norwich because they are struggling to score goals As for Man City, people are saying they should be looking over their shoulder at West Ham, but I think its Arsenal who should be worried. They have tough away games to come, including one at the Etihad, and they better be careful they dont get leapfrogged.City could actually be the danger to Leicester now at the top of the table. Looking at Tottenham and Arsenals fixtures, I think City are the only ones that can catch them, and they should pick up another win this weekend. PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (Sky Bet, 10/1)Bournemouth v Swansea - 3pm, SaturdayThese two teams have had dream weeks, and whoever wins this game can get their flip-flops out. They are both probably safe now, but another win and they can go off to that Madonna song.Swansea have gone really well recently, but Bournemouth should have enough at home to get the win. They have a go at the Vitality Stadium and Swansea have had to work very hard over the last few weeks to earn their results.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet, 8/1) Bournemouth and Swansea face each other this weekend Stoke v Southampton - 3pm, SaturdayI dont go against Stoke at home. I know they lost to Everton, but its very rare that happens. Southampton are in and out at the moment, and got away with a late equaliser against Sunderland.Without Jose Fonte in defence for the away side after his red card last week, I cant see anything other than Stoke picking up three points.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet, 9/1) Will Stoke be too strong for Saints at the Britannia Stadium? Aston Villa v Tottenham - 4pm, SundaySpurs were on the end of a good hiding against Borussia Dortmund and I found it strange because you get so far in the competition and then make seven changes. Its a shame for the fans who travelled over to Germany, but it was the same when Stoke went to Valencia a few years ago. Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes against Borussia Dortmund and Spurs were punished If that was the plan, you could say Spurs would have been better off beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and dropping the Europa League.As for this game against Villa, its must-win for Tottenham. There is no messing about now because draws are not good enough and if its level in the last 15 minutes of matches, they have to go all out.I think theyll beat Villa by three goals, though. Theres not one Villa player that would get in the Tottenham team at the moment.PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (Sky Bet, 17/2) Tottenham will look to bounce back from their midweek defeat by Borussia Dortmund Leicester v Newcastle - 8pm, Monday Night Football, Sky Sports 1 HD Ed and Merse discuss Leicesters Monday Night Football game with Newcastle I fancy Leicester strongly because theres just as much pressure on Newcastle, and if they win on Monday I think Leicester put Arsenal to bed. They are eight points clear 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 - theyve done very well. Those six points take them five behind Leicester and Leicester would have two games in hand. I dont see how Arsenal can make it up. Its all smiles at Leicester at the moment with the Foxes top of the Premier League 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 theyve spent.PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (Sky Bet, 11/1) Jamie Vardy scored on his last game against Newcastle earlier this season Merse predicts wins for Arsenal and Everton in their FA Cup quarter-finals, while The Magic Man thinks replays could be on the cards in the other two ties ... Ed and Merse discuss this weekends FA Cup quarter-final fixtures Everton v Chelsea - 5.30pm, SaturdayThis all depends on whether Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are available because Chelsea could be in trouble without them. If theyre not fit, I dont see the visitors getting a result. Diego Costa limped off against PSG in the Champions League and is a doubt People will say Which Everton will we get, the one that keeps throwing leads away at home or the one that slaughtered Stoke away?But if Costa and Hazard dont play, Chelsea are there to be beaten and I dont see anything but an Everton win.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 (Sky Bet, 17/2) Merse is tipping Everton to beat Chelsea at Goodison Park - if Costa and Hazard arent fit Arsenal v Watford - 1.30pm, SundayWatford have hit a bit of a brick wall. They have done brilliantly this season, but its just started to catch up with them. Theyre struggling to score goals and to win football matches.This is a massive game for Arsenal. For me, this is their meaningful chance of silverware because I would be shocked if they won the league from here.They are going to get absolutely rinsed in the Champions League, but my worry is Arsene Wenger could rest players for the Watford game and take his strongest team to Barcelona. It would not surprise me one bit, but this is a big game for Arsenal.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (Sky Bet, 6/1) Merse believes Arsene Wenger could rest his players for the trip to Barcelona Manchester United v West Ham - 4pm, SundayOh my God. I have never seen anything like that Man United performance against Liverpool on Thursday night. I know it wasnt great at the start of the season but this was different.Did anybody tell the players it was Liverpool against Man Utd? It is supposed to be the ultimate game in English football, but if you looked at the Man Utd players yesterday, you cant tell me they saw it like that. Man United have lost two in a row after they slipped up against Liverpool in the Europa League You felt for their supporters because they know what that match means. Everybody had a bad game but you have to show desire.After that display, Id be shocked if United beat West Ham and Im going for a draw, setting up the last FA Cup tie at the Boleyn Ground. You couldnt handpick a better game with the winner playing at Wembley, and its all set up for West Ham.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet, 5/1) West Ham managed to earn a draw on their last visit to Old Trafford earlier this season Reading v Crystal Palace - FridayI cant see another Palace defeat here despite their recent run, and I think they will take it back to Selhurst Park. Its a big pitch at the Madejski Stadium and they should be able to play their football. The Premier League is a jump up and you dont see too many shocks in football anymore, and I definitely dont see Palace losing this game. I think they will have a little bit too much for them to allow the upset, and Im going 1-1 with a replay to come.PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1Think you know better than Merse? Take him on at Super 6 for the chance to win £250,000! Also See: The relegation run-in Tylers stats Hazard stuck in a rut? Where would Zlatan fit in? Cheap Custom Hurricanes Jersey . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. Cheap Hurricanes Jerseys . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. http://www.customhurricanesjersey.com/ . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. Authentic Custom Hurricanes Jersey .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. Wholesale Custom Hurricanes Shirts .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. NEW YORK -- The Latest on the U.S. Open, which starts Monday (all times local):5:30 p.m.American teen CiCi Bellis is back in the main draw at the U.S. Open.Bellis became the darling of the 2014 tournament when the then-15-year-old stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova in the first round. She lost in the final round of qualifying last year, but on Friday, Bellis won her third-round qualifying match to clinch a spot in the main draw.Still just 17, Bellis is ranked 158th in the world.American brothers Ryan and Christian Harrison both advanced through qualifying to make the main draw. Christian, 22, is ranked 688th and making his first U.S. Open appearance. Ryan, 24, and ranked 118th, is in his seventh.---5:10 p.m.Andy Murray is facing a first-round opponent at the U.S. Open to whom he once said during a match: No one likes you on the tour -- everyone hates you.The dust-up occurred last year in the quarterfinals at Munich after Lukas Rosol appeared to intentionally bump Murray during a changeover. Murray later grumbled across the court to Rosol about nobody liking him.In a post-match interview, Murray acknowledged he shouldnt have made the comment but added that Rosols actions required some sort of response. He noted Rosol had a reputation for that sort of behavior.Asked Friday about the incident, the second-seeded Murray said he and Rosol spoke after the match and cleared the air. He insists: I have actually gotten along fine with him apart from that day.Currently ranked 82nd, Rosol upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012. Hes 0-2 in his career against Murray.---3:35 p.m.Wimbledon champ Andy Murray says hes taking it easy in practice after a grueling stretch between the Olympics and the Masters event in Ohio.Murray played 14 matches in 15 days en route to winning his second straight gold medal and reaching the final at Cincinnati, when the fatigue finally caught up to him.After losing to Marin Cilic on Sunday, Murray took Monday and Tuesday off. He said Friday hes practiced lightly in New York to get used to the conditions at the U.S. Open and isnt doing any off-court work, trying to be as fresh as I can.---3:10 p.m.Rafael Nadal says his troublesome left wrist keeps getting better but still isnt 100 percent.Nadal had to withdraw during the French Open because of the injury and missed 2+ months. The 14-time major champ returned for the Olympics and reached the semifinals in singles and won the doubles gold medal.The left-handed Spaniard said Friday that now I can start to hit my normal forehand, but it will take time to regain full confidence in the shot. When he first came back from the injury, he had to adjust his technique to avoid pain, so now he needs to get comfortable again with his regular stroke.---1:40 p.m.Top-ranked Serena Williams says she hasnt practiced much because of her right shoulder injury.Williams was struggling physically during her third-round loss at the Olympics and pulled out of the hard-court warmup in Cincinnati because of the shoulder problem. She said Friday that Im just now starting to feel a little bit better.The American says she was able to practice for only two days before the Rio Games after the shoulder started bothering her following her Wimbledon victory. She says she is doing a lot of physical therapy.Williams is seeking her 23rd major title, which would break a tie with Steffi Graf for most in the Open era.---1:20 p.m.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic says he injured his left wrist in Rio de Janeiro a few days before the start of the Olympic tournament.The right-handed Djokovic needs that wrist for his backhand. He said Friday hes getting there and hopes hell be as close to 100 percent as poossible when he starts to defend his U.ddddddddddddS. Open title.The 12-time major champ also said his issues at Wimbledon werent physical, but there were other things I was going through. He declined to elaborate on those problems other than to say they had been resolved.After Djokovic was upset in the third round of Wimbledon by 41st-ranked Sam Querrey, he was asked if he was 100 percent healthy, replying not really but not going into details.Djokovic lost in the first round at the Rio Games to 2009 U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro, whose ranking slipped because of left wrist problems of his own. Djokovic then pulled out of the hard-court warmup at Cincinnati, the first time hed cited an issue with the wrist.---12:35 p.m.Top-ranked Serena Williams will meet two-time major semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the U.S. Open as the American seeks a record 23rd Grand Slam title.Makarova made two straight major semis at the 2014 U.S. Open, losing to Williams, and the 2015 Australian Open. Her ranking has slipped to 36th, and she just missed a seed at Flushing Meadows. The Russian is coming off an Olympic doubles gold medal.Williams could face fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, which is also when she could potentially meet sister Venus. Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber and French Open winner Garbine Muguruza are in the other half of the draw, which was set Friday.---12:05 p.m.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz in the first round of the U.S. Open.Janowicz has been ranked has high as 14th but has struggled in recent years and missed much of this season because of injuries. Hes currently ranked 228th and used a protected ranking to get into the U.S. Open.Fridays draw set Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as potential semifinal opponents, while Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are in the other half of the bracket.Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro could face 19th-seeded American Steve Johnson in the second round. Ranked No. 142 because of three left wrist surgeries, the 2009 U.S. Open champ got in with a wild card.---11:10 a.m.American Sloane Stephens has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of a right foot injury.The announcement Friday means that Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig becomes the 32nd and final seed, as Stephens had been seeded 24th. Had Puig remained unseeded, she could have met one of the top players in the first or second round.The 23-year-old Stephens was a 2013 quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open that year. While she had more success earlier in her career in the Grand Slams than in other tour events, that pattern had reversed in the last couple of years.Stephens hadnt played since losing in the first round at the Olympics.---9:45 a.m.When the U.S. Open draw sets the first-round matchups, a top player could find himself with a daunting task.Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro is unseeded at the years final major, which starts Monday. Del Potro is ranked No. 142 because three left wrist surgeries forced him to miss so much time. The 2009 U.S. Open champ needed a wild card to get into the tournament.So Fridays draw could put him in position to face a seeded player in the first or second round. Thats what happened to top-ranked Novak Djokovic at the Olympics, when he lost to del Potro in his opening match. Its possible they could meet again early at Flushing Meadows.Del Potro has defeated three of the U.S. Opens top four seeds since the start of Wimbledon. ' ' '

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