Those of a nervous disposition, look away now. Paul Merson, the man notorious for making bad predictions has backed Crystal Palace to beat Hull City comfortably on Sunday. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Over the last year or two, Paul Merson’s weekly batch of Premier League score predictions have gained a cult following, mainly as a consequence of them being so regularly wide of the mark. Usually, I would be all too happy to pile in and poke fun at the former Arsenal man’s selections but this week, with so much riding on the outcome of the game at Selhurst Park, I don’t mind admitting that his view of the game has left me feeling ill.
Since joining Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday panel, Merson has seemingly been happy to play the role of the court jester, allowing the likes of Jeff Stelling and Charlie Nicholas to rib him about his mispronunciation of players’ names ad infinitum but earlier this season, his forthright views on Hull’s decision to appoint Marco Silva drew widespread criticism from across the sporting press. It is with that in mind that I can’t help but fret a little over his bold scoreline prediction ahead of Sunday’s clash, given karma’s love of coming back to bite deserving victims when they least expect it.
Perhaps I’m getting far more bent out of shape by a TV pundit’s predictions than I should allow but given the stressful build-up we’re all being forced to plod through this week, I think I can be forgiven for my jittery disposition. It’s a well worn cliche but time really does seem to have slowed down this week, even though I’m well aware that it’s scientifically impossible for it to do so.
Call me dramatic if you wish but I can’t wait for the current season to be over. Regardless of our success or failure in the battle against the drop, at least I know I won’t be unduly bothered by the musings of Paul “Magic Man” Merson over the summer months.