Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Newcastle
The Arsenal legend is backing Tottenham Hotspur to edge past Newcastle United at Wembley on Wednesday night
Paul Merson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to edge past Newcastle United on Wednesday night to set up an intriguing final day in the Premier League next weekend.
Spurs suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to 20th-placed West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday to hand the momentum to Chelsea FC in the top-four race.
Antonio Conte’s men seized their chance to bolster their hopes of securing a Champions League spot next season after a 1-0 win over Liverpool FC.
January signing Olivier Giroud scored a first-half winner against the Champions League finalists to move Chelsea FC to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham.
Spurs will welcome Newcastle to Wembley in their mid-week fixture as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to make a swift return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Newcastle have lost their last three Premier League games but the Magpies could produced an inspired performance at Wembley.
Former Arsenal star Merson is tipping Tottenham to beat Newcastle in the Premier League at the home of English football on Wednesday evening.
“If you look at Spurs’ fixtures, then if you had to pick two teams to play at home, it would be Newcastle and Leicester. But at the same time, Newcastle do not get the chance to go to Wembley too often, do they? And their fans may make it a bit of a party,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“You would have expected Spurs to get something at West Brom on Saturday, though.
“I think Spurs will win, Newcastle were poor at Watford on Saturday – better second half, but it is easy to play when you are 2-0 down. They have to be careful, though, as they have good fans and if they turn up in their thousands at Wembley, they will want them to put on a show.
“And if they do not, Spurs are the type of team that can embarrass you on their day. The pressure is severely on Tottenham, though, so I think they will win 2-1.”
Tottenham are looking to secure a top-four finish for the third consecutive season under Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.