Newcastle will take on Villa at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday evening, and Merson believes that the home team will register a 2-0 victory.
“I thought Villa were decent in the second half against Arsenal, but the game was over so early and they had nothing to lose by going forward,” the former England international has written on Skysports.com.
“But I would have to say, if Newcastle win this, Villa should start preparing for next season in the Championship. It's a cup final for them. This is the big one for them.
“If they lose, it's goodnight. And I'm going with goodnight. Newcastle have their tails up and St James' Park will be getting right behind the players on Saturday night.”
Newcastle will head into Saturday evening’s match as favourites, having won their last two Premier League games.
The Magpies got the better of Liverpool 2-0 at St. James’ Park at the start of the month and registered a narrow 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in North London last weekend.
Steve McClaren’s side appear to be in good form at the moment, and it will be a surprise if they fail to win against Villa.
Remi Garde’s side are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just six points from 16 matches.
Villa look doomed.