Paul Merson: Why Chelsea will edge Everton on Saturday

Paul Merson is expecting Chelsea to beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime

Paul Merson is expecting Chelsea to secure a narrow victory over Everton in Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League kick-off.

The Blues head to Goodison Park this weekend looking to return to winning ways after a stuttering start to their top-flight title defence.

Jose Mourinho’s men have only managed to secure one win from their first four games and slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in their most recent outing.

However, despite Chelsea’s inconsistent form, former Arsenal star Merson is backing the Blues to put things right with victory on Merseyside this weekend.

Merson told Sky Sports: “This is a game Chelsea cannot afford to lose.

“It will be a very hard game considering they’re eight points behind City already.

“The early kick-off after the international break means Jose Mourinho doesn’t have long to work with his players and I feel they have been dealt a dodgy hand here in a game they have to win.

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“Romelu Lukaku, Phil Jagielka and John Stones did not feature heavily for their countries during the break, whereas Chelsea have players who played a lot more. That could work in Everton’s favour.

“Saying that, Chelsea have got to win so I have to go with them.”

Chelsea head into Saturday’s game in 13th place in the Premier League table after having taken just four points from their first four games.

Everton, meanwhile, are in ninth place after having notched up five points, with Roberto Martinez’s side having sealed a goalless draw at Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent top-flight outing.

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