Paul Merson states his prediction for Burnley v Tottenham

The Arsenal legend believes Tottenham will record a "big" win in their season at Burnley on Saturday afternoon

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino Photo: Spurs TV

Paul Merson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to edge to victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs will have the opportunity to overhaul sixth-placed Burnley in the Premier League table with victory over Sean Dyche’s side this weekend.

Tottenham endured a difficult run of results in the Premier League to fall from third place in the table down to seventh spot outside the European places.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were initially talked up as potential title challengers but Manchester City sit 11 points clear of their closest challengers Manchester United.

Spurs finished in second place in the Premier League last term after ending up seven points adrift of eventual champions Chelsea.

Burnley have only lost one Premier League game at Turf Moor in their last eight outings following a 1-0 loss to Arsenal last month after Alexis Sanchez’s injury-time winner.

Former Gunners midfielder Merson is backing Tottenham to edge to a 3-1 win against Burnley to get their season back on track.

“I watched Burnley last week, and in the first half, they just let Brighton play, and got away with it. Then, in the second half, they came out and played. Brighton played them off the park early on. Maybe the wheels are starting to come off,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Eric Dier is an issue for me. He has looked very shaky in the back four. He is better in midfield. Sometimes he is too casual. I am going to go Tottenham. Last week they came up against a machine, but they need a big win, and this could be it.”

Tottenham have finished in third place and second place in their last two Premier League campaigns to make some promising progress under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs will take on Serie A champions Juventus in the Champions League last 16.

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