Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Tottenham

The Arsenal legend believes Chelsea FC will beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea FC to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the London derby at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

The defending Premier League champions have struggled to defend their top-flight crown in the 2017-18 season under Antonio Conte.

The Italian head coach led Chelsea FC to title glory last season after the Blues finished seven points ahead of runners up Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the west London side have lost four of their last six Premier League games to leave Chelsea FC five points adrift of fourth-placed Spurs.

Willian has been Chelsea FC’s outstanding performers in recent weeks following goals against FC Barcelona and Manchester United.

Hazard remains a threat but the Belgium international has struggled in a lone striker role in Chelsea FC’s biggest games.

Former Arsenal star Merson believes Hazard and Willian will help to fire Chelsea FC to victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

“I know Chelsea’s record hasn’t been great lately, they’ve won five of their last 18, but I still fancy them to win this football game with the way Willian and Eden Hazard are playing too, especially Willian,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Tottenham are not the greatest team away from home for where they are in the league so for me, I think the top-four race will be blown wide open.”

Chelsea FC were 2-1 winners against Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League back in August thanks to Marcos Alonso’s two goals.

The Blues signed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.

The west London side will take on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Follow @thesportreview on Instagram

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Paul Pogba
Gary Neville replies when asked if Man United need to keep Paul Pogba
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Meet Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend Amine Gulse
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Meet Chelsea FC star Andreas Christensen’s girlfriend Katrine Friis
Andy Robertson
Andy Robertson rejects claims he told 22-year-old to consider Arsenal move
Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC close to making 17-year-old first summer signing – report
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screen grab)
Sky Sports News reporter: Man United ‘restart’ talks for 21-year-old defender