Paul Merson predicts Tottenham Hotspur fail to beat Palace

Paul Merson

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Crystal Palace this weekend.

It has been over a week since Tottenham dazzled Chelsea an upset the table toppers.

Mauricio Pochettino's side scored five on New Year's Day, but were only able to follow it up with a limp 1-1 FA Cup draw against Burnley a week later.

This weekend they hope for more of the former when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this weekend.

They run into an Eagles side which expect a lift in front of their home fans under new boss Alan Pardew.

SkySports pundit Paul Merson predicts a 1-1 draw, believing the Pardew effect will halt Tottenham's momentum.

He told the website: "He’ll keep them up, there’s no doubt about it, and he’ll get them going for this match, which will be a real battle.

"This will be a tough game for both sides, a proper London derby which we don’t really see anymore, with Palace and Spurs going at each other from the start."

The former Arsenal star went onto hail Harry Kane's talent, praising his display against Chelsea as one of the best striker performances he has ever seen. That's high praise coming from a player who has won trophies in English football.

The two sides recorded a 0-0 draw earlier in the season at White Hart Lane, a match in which Harry Kane played all 90 minutes.

This time around the Englishman is even more full of confidence, with 17 goals to his name already.

Spurs are up to fifth in the table while Palace sit down in 18th position, in the relegation zone.

Palace's home form is among the worst in the league, 19th in fact, while Tottenham's away record is the third best in the top flight, lending evidence to argue against Merson's 1-1 prediction, which appears to be based on a gut feel that Alan Pardew can galvanise the side against a very good Tottenham team.

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