Arsenal legend backs Tottenham keep pressure on in top-four race

Paul Merson reckons West Ham United have hit a brick wall ahead of their trip to Tottenham Hotspur

Paul Merson says he expects Tottenham Hotspur to keep the pressure on in the top-four race ahead of clash against West Ham United on Sunday.

The north London side dropped three points in their most recent Premier League outing after a 3-2 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield last week.

Spurs drew 1-1 with Fiorentina in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday night, extending their winless run to two games.

However, Arsenal legend Merson is confident that Mauricio Pochettino’s side will ease past a West Ham outfit that have failed to win in their four games.

“The Europa League is back and that will have an effect on Tottenham in the long run – but not against West Ham,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“It’s difficult to play on Thursdays and then again on a Sunday but they can put that to one side against a West Ham side who have hit a brick wall.

“Getting beat as badly as they did against West Brom in the FA Cup was a bad result and Tottenham can make it another bad day for the Hammers.

“Spurs will keep the pressure on in the race for the top four with a very good win.”

Tottenham are three points behind fourth-placed Southampton, who face top-four rivals Liverpool at St Mary’s in Sunday’s late kick-off.

Spurs make the return trip to Fiorentina in the Europa League next week before Pochettino’s men face Chelsea in the League Cup final at Wembley on 1 March.

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