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3rd Nov, 2016 | 7:10pm

Paul Merson predicts Everton v Chelsea, makes top-four claim

By Amir Mir

Paul Merson believes Everton will lose their Premier League encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Sky Sports pundit Merson has predicted Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to beat Ronald Koeman’s side 2-0 at the weekend and claimed that the west London club look like a top four team.

The Toffees beat West Ham 2-0 last Sunday to end their five-game winless streak, with striker Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley getting on the scoresheet.

Now the Belgian will be hoping to inflict defeat on his former club, but Arsenal legend Merson believes the Londoners will be too good for the Merseysiders at the weekend.

“Since getting ripped apart at the Emirates Chelsea have been very good, probably the in-form team in the Premier League,” Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column. “Everton turned their slump around against West Ham but Chelsea will be too good here.

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“They might just be a bit light to win the title, if Eden Hazard or Diego Costa got injured and were out for a while they’d struggle, but they look like top-four material now.

“Not a lot of teams could go and do what they did against Southampton, who are a decent football team but they didn’t give them a look in.”

Koeman’s side are sixth in the league table with 18 points from ten games, four off Chelsea, who are in third.

The Merseyside club have conceded only eight goals this season, with Chelsea boasting a not too similar defensive record with nine goals conceded.

In other Everton team news, former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes the Toffees will suffer defeat against Chelsea.