Paul Merson states his prediction for Everton v Tottenham

Paul Merson looks ahead to Everton's clash with Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday

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Paul Merson is tipping Everton to hold Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Lilywhites head into the game after having conceded a late equaliser to draw with Burnley at Wembley in their most recent top flight outing before the international break.

That draw came after Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Wembley as Mauricio Pochettino’s men continue to struggle to adapt to Wembley as their new temporary home for this season.

Spurs had beaten Newcastle United 2-0 on the opening day of the campaign but they will face a tough task in taking on Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.

And former Arsenal man Merson is backing the two sides to share the spoils when they meet on Merseyside this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “This is a big game for both sides.

“If Everton get beat at home to Spurs you’ll get the voices saying: ‘They’ve spent all this money but are still a million miles away.’

“Spurs have also started poorly and really need to win otherwise they could be chasing even at the early stage.

“This is a hard game for both teams and one they won’t want to lose. It’s a game both teams will be scared to lose so I’m going for a draw.”

Tottenham are aiming to improve on their second-placed finish in the Premier League table last season as Pochettino looks to win his first trophy as Spurs boss.

The Lilywhites are also preparing for a return to the Champions League group stage next week.

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