Paul Merson predicts the outcome of Tottenham v Chelsea
Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to take their chance to turn their season around by beating Tottenham on Sunday
Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and finally turn their stuttering season around.
The Blues, who won the title at a canter last term, have failed to find consistent form so far this season and currently languish closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table after losing seven of their first 13 games.
However, the west London side have showed signs of a potential resurgence in recent weeks and backed up their 1-0 win over Norwich City last weekend with a 4-0 thrashing of Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Spurs are unbeaten in the league since slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season.
But former Arsenal star Merson feels that Sunday’s clash represents the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to kick-start their campaign and start to climb the top-flight table.
Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star: “Chelsea can turn their whole season around against Tottenham on Sunday – and I’m backing them to do it.
“Spurs will be tired because they’ve just had a 6,000-mile round trip in the Europa League and will have no time to prepare. People think it’s easy.
“Believe me, it’s not. They had a nightmare draw getting Qarabag in Azerbaijan because it’s so far away.
“The travelling drains you. Spurs might be the fittest team in the Premier League but you can’t tell me it won’t affect them.
“Mauricio Pochettino says it’s unfair and it is. He wants fixtures changed to stop it happening but it’s not that easy to move fixtures.
“You have to think about the fans, the policing etc He can have a moan but this is what getting into the Europa League means for your team.
“To be fair to him, he’s taken it seriously. And if I was him I’d have taken all my best players to Qarabag too because you have to try to win the game.
“Tottenham have to be one of the favourites to win the Europa League. They’ve got to take it seriously. But don’t complain.
“Chelsea will know they’ve got a massive advantage. And it’s against a top-four rival so the confidence they will get from winning will be massive.”