Paul Merson states his prediction for Fulham v Tottenham

The former Arsenal midfielder is backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat Fulham in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday afternoon

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Paul Merson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to “nick a win” against Fulham in their London derby in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a setback in their bid to win the Premier League title this season after a 2-0 loss to top-four rivals Liverpool last weekend.

Spurs’s loss at Anfield was their first since a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on 11 December.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his side can make an immediate response on the domestic front as Tottenham make the short trip to Fulham in the fifth round on Saturday afternoon.

The Cottagers have won their last two Championship games thanks to 3-2 victories over Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic.

Writing in his Sky Sports column ahead of the FA Cup fixtures this weekend, Merson backed Tottenham to ease to a narrow win.

“This should be a good game. Fulham are a good football team and Tottenham have got a lot of other commitments with the Europa League and a big battle to finish in the top four. With the way things have gone in recent weeks, that’s really not a foregone conclusion and they need to stay in the Europa League as another way of getting into the Champions League next year.

“They’ve got some nice fixtures coming up though, although they won’t want a draw and a replay because they don’t want more games to contend with. I think Spurs will just about nick this one.”

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