Newcastle will face West Ham at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Merson has backed the London outfit to register a 2-1 victory over the Magpies. The former England international has also stated that for Newcastle to win, they have to stop West Ham attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet, who he believes is as good as Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.
“Newcastle have to stop Dimitri Payet,” Merson has written on Skysports.com. “If they can find a way to stop him then they will get a result, but if they don't then he will rip them to absolute shreds.
“Newcastle are playing well but the problem for them is that I can't see them stopping Payet. He's up there with Mesut Ozil in my opinion and he's 100 per cent the signing of the summer.”
“I'm going for West Ham to keep their run going with a 2-1 away win and Enner Valencia scoring the first goal,” added the Englishman.
Payet joined West Ham from French club Marseille in the summer of 2015 and has been superb for the Hammers so far this season.
The France international attacker has scored six goals and created 50 chances in 14 Premier League appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side this campaign.
Ozil, a Germany international attacking midfielder, has scored three goals and created 86 chances in 20 Premier League games for Arsenal so far this term.