Paul Merson states his prediction for Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Paul Merson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to ease to victory over Crystal Palace
Paul Merson says Tottenham Hotspur will keep their slim title hopes alive at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The north London side make the trip to Alan Pardew’s side at Selhurst Park as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to extend their winning run to three games.
Victory at Palace will keep their slim title hopes alive but, come the end of the season, I feel they will be kicking themselves for losing to Leicester last week
Tottenham eased to a 2-0 victory over Leicester City in their FA Cup third-round replay at King Power Stadium on Wednesday night just days after their impressive 4-1 win against Sunderland in the top flight.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Tottenham will keep their title hopes alive by collecting three points at Palace, but reckons Spurs will ultimately fall short of winning the Premier League.
“This is a tough game but Tottenham are playing really well,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Palace have hit a bump recently, I don’t like calling teams ‘one-man teams’ but they are a lesser side when Yannick Bolasie doesn’t play.
“Add that to the fact that their strikers have been misfiring and this current slump is understandable.”
Merson added: “Spurs are a good team and they’ll be boosted having rested Harry Kane and Dele Alli in the FA Cup win at Leicester.
“I’m starting to worry myself with the amount of times I’m backing Spurs but they are a very good team, all the way through the spine of the team is top drawer.
“Victory at Palace will keep their slim title hopes alive but, come the end of the season, I feel they will be kicking themselves for losing to Leicester last week.”
Tottenham are in fourth place in the Premier League table and five points behind current leaders Arsenal ahead of their London derby at Selhurst Park.
Spurs have only lost three games in the Premier League season. Pochettino’s men were beaten by Manchester United on the opening day of the season before home losses to Newcastle United and Leicester City.