Paul Merson: Chelsea are a banker to beat Newcastle

The former Arsenal midfielder can't see past a Chelsea victory

Paul Merson says Chelsea are a banker to beat Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

The defending Premier League champions had made their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1986 before a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over north London rivals Arsenal last weekend.

Newcastle, meanwhile, crashed out of the League Cup at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday mid-week after newly-promoted Watford were 3-1 winners at St James’ Park in the league last Saturday.

And former Arsenal playmaker Merson can’t see past a Chelsea win with Jose Mourinho’s side regrouping, whilst Newcastle continue to look rudderless under former England boss Steve McClaren.

“There’s no chance for Newcastle in this one. Chelsea are a banker. Newcastle can’t stop losing,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“I like Steve McClaren, but they are just struggling so badly. The fans are rightly frustrated and Saturday could turn nervy within 10 minutes at St James’ Park.

“Jose Mourinho’s side love that and he’ll pick them off easily.”

Chelsea are in 15th place ahead of their clash against 19th-placed Newcastle in Saturday’s late kick-off in the Premier League.

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The Blues have won just two of their opening six top-flight games, beating derby rivals Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.

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