Paul Merson states his prediction for Tottenham v Crystal Palace
Arsenal legend Paul Merson is backing Tottenham to beat Crystal Palace with ease on Wednesday night
Paul Merson is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to make a winning start to life at their new stadium when Spurs host Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
The Lilywhites will play a competitive fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time following a year of delays.
Tottenham will be desperate to secure three points following four defeats in their last five Premier League games to lose their grip on third place.
Toby Alderweireld’s added-time own goal secured a narrow 2-1 win for Liverpool FC at Anfield on Sunday after Lucas Moura had cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s opening goal.
Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday night relegated Spurs to fourth place in the table.
Tottenham have the opportunity to build a three-point lead over Manchester United after the Red Devils suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to Wolves on Tuesday night.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson is confident that Tottenham will start their new era at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a Premier League win.
“It’s the first game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and what a big game it is,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“If the scores go as I’ve predicted then Manchester United will win, Chelsea will win and Arsenal won on Monday Night.
“From a side who were looking to win the Premier League, they are now in a big fight to finish in the top four. They’ve still got to go to Manchester City so you can more than likely take another game off so this is a must-win game.”
Merson added: “I can’t think of a worse game to play as the first at your new stadium. Crystal Palace are one of the best counter-attacking sides about on their day. They are a big threat on the counter away from home.
“This is another hard game for Spurs. They will be kicking themselves about the result at Anfield. There only looked like one winner as the game went on and, in the end, they lost the game. How many times have we said that about Spurs in the last year? I’m just going to go with Tottenham but I would not be surprised if they didn’t win this game.”
Tottenham can take back third place and move ahead of Arsenal with a win against London rivals Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Spurs have only managed to collect four points from their last six games in the Premier League to fall out of contention in the title race.