Paul Merson says West Ham can win the FA Cup this season

Paul Merson believes West Ham can win the FA Cup.

Former Premier League midfielder Paul Merson believes West Ham can win this year's FA Cup.

Merson told SkySports he believes the Hammers can go on to lift the trophy in May, speaking ahead of their away trip to Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the competition this weekend.

Away ties in the cup are always tricky but Merson is confident West Ham will get a result, predicting a 3-0 away win.

Merson said that West Ham are 'a team he fancies to go all the way' in the cup, explaining: "West Ham have earned the right to have a right good go at the cup because of their league position.

"They can't get into the top-four so they can rest players without worrying about the next league fixture. It was a big victory for the Hammers against Liverpool in the replay. Slaven Bilic likes the FA Cup and he has a good team on his hands."

Chelsea and Manchester City face each other this weekend meaning one of them will be knocked out, while Arsenal are battling for the league title and Champions League.

Despite Merson writing off their Premier League challenge, West Ham still have motivation to finish the season strongly. Currently seventh, if they can finish inside the top six then it will be their best finish in the Premier League era, and set the foundations for a positive start at the Olympic Stadium next season.

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