Paul Merson states his prediction for Southampton v Tottenham

Paul Merson is tipping Southampton to hold Tottenham to a 1-1 draw at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon

Paul Merson is tipping Southampton to hold Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in their Premier League clash at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-1 defeat by Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend.

That result left Mauricio Pochettino’s men in fifth place in the Premier League table and three points behind fourth-placed Manchester United after 16 games.

Merson has claimed that Sunday’s loss to the Magpies was a typical result for the Lilywhites.

And the former Arsenal star is tipping the north London side to drop more points at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Losing to Newcastle was Tottenham all over. It was their chance to go into the top four, and the nerves got the better of them.

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“Southampton are in poor form. Bar a chance at the end at Selhurst Park, they were never in the game against Crystal Palace last week.

“It’s a big game for both teams coming off poor results. If Spurs are going to be considered top four contenders they need to kick Saints while they’re down here.”

Tottenham are bidding to break back into the top four this season and will be keen to kick off the hectic festive schedule with three points against the Saints.

Pochettino’s side finished fifth in the table last term and six points adrift of fourth place.

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