Paul Merson delivers his prediction for Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Paul Merson is backing Tottenham to bounce back from their FA Cup loss to Chelsea by beating Crystal Palace on Wednesday

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson Photo: Sky Sports

Paul Merson is backing Tottenham to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final loss by claiming a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.

The north London side head into the game fresh from the disappointment of seeing their cup run ended by a 4-2 loss to Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

Tottenham are looking to keep up their fine form in the Premier League and keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea heading into the final six games of the season.

Spurs are the Premier League’s in-form team and have won eight of their last nine games to keep themselves in the race for the title with Chelsea.

And former Arsenal star Merson is backing Mauricio Pochettino’s men to claim all three points against Sam Allardyce’s Eagles side on Wednesday night.

Merson wrote in his column for Sky Sports: “Tottenham are in a funny situation at the moment.

“They couldn’t have played any better in the semi-final but let in four goals to lose 4-2 to Chelsea. I watched them play at Stamford Bridge as well and for nearly all of the first half they played some of the best football I’ve seen from a Spurs side – but went into the break at 1-1.

“They went on to get beat 2-1 that day and they now must be sitting there thinking: “We’re close but how closer actually are we?” If I get my prediction for Chelsea’s game right then this really is a must-win game for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

“Sam Allardyce has done a brilliant job with Palace. I can’t talk highly enough of the man. When he first got the job I didn’t think they had the real Sam Allardyce, I thought he was still coming to terms with the England situation. He lost his mojo a bit but he got into it.

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“Palace got a superb result at Liverpool which means they are safe and they will go and play with confidence and no fear. Spurs have everything to lose but I have to back Tottenham because I think they are a very good team. They have been playing so well and that will continue at Selhurst Park.”

Tottenham ended up third in the table and without a trophy last season after challenging Leicester for the title.

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