Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Chelsea FC
The Arsenal legend is tipping Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC to settle for a point each at Wembley
Paul Merson is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to hold Chelsea FC to a 1-1 draw at Wembley on Saturday evening.
Spurs will welcome their bitter rivals to the home of English football in pursuit of a third successive Premier League victory.
Tottenham have managed to ease to victories over Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to defending champions Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in fourth place and a point adrift of Chelsea FC as Spurs look to continue their recent record of finishing in the Champions League spots.
Maurizio Sarri’s men are unbeaten in the Premier League since the former Napoli manager took over the reins from his fellow Italian coach Antonio Conte in the summer.
Chelsea FC were 2-1 winners against Arsenal in their second Premier League fixture, before the Blues picked up a point against Liverpool FC and Manchester United.
Spurs were 3-1 winners against Chelsea FC in their last Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge in April, having lost 2-1 to the west London side at Wembley in August 2017.
Former Arsenal star Merson believes Tottenham will hold Chelsea FC to a 1-1 draw at Wembley in Saturday’s late kick-off at Wembley.
“It should be a great game and for both sets of fans, this is the game. So a massive match and I do not see a great deal between the two teams,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“At the moment, Chelsea’s match winners are playing better than Tottenham’s, like Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley, Willian and even Pedro had one of his best games against Palace.
“I do not see Chelsea losing, so I am going for a draw, which would be a good result for them. I mean, let’s be honest, Chelsea are not going to win the league this season, top four is the main thing. And if they come second or third in the manager’s first season with a team that were nowhere near last year, I think that would be a really good start.
“Tottenham, meanwhile, have set themselves a really high standard and they are probably better off than they have been all season. But these players have to keep doing this week in week out, they do not have the squad.
“If they are losing on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino will turn round to the bench, but who will he bring on? Whereas if Chelsea are losing, Barkley, Olivier Giroud, or Pedro could be a sub and these are players who can come on and change a game.
“But who can change a game for Tottenham? So that is where I think it will take its toll on them at the end.”
Chelsea FC have kept 21 clean sheets against Tottenham in the Premier League to offer Sarri’s defence reason to be optimistic ahead of the London derby.