Merson’s prediction for Chelsea FA Cup semifinal against Southampton

Merson’s prediction for Chelsea FA Cup semifinal against Southampton

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson, now a pundit at Sky Sports, is backing Chelsea to beat Southampton in tomorrow’s FA Cup semifinal and secure their place in final.

“It’s harder for Southampton to win the FA Cup now than it would be at the third-round stage. Seriously,” Merson claimed.

“You could win this FA Cup by not playing a strong side, but now they’ve got to beat two top teams – and they’re in the bottom three.

“They could near-on be relegated by the time they’re playing on Sunday. You have to go for it at Wembley, you might as well. If someone said you’ll get relegated but win the FA Cup I think the fans would take that. It’s not nice watching a team every week that don’t win, so why not give it a go.

“I think Southampton can bounce back if they go down, but I might be wrong. I’m going to have to go for a Chelsea win.”