Paul Merson says a win will not be a great result for Tottenham Hotspur

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Paul Merson believes Tottenham will beat Newcastle United this weekend.

Paul Merson has told SkySports he believes Tottenham will record a win over a hapless Newcastle United side this weekend.

The former Arsenal midfielder managed to accurately predict nine out of 10 matches last weekend, but the one he got wrong was Tottenham who he expected to draw with Aston Villa, only to see them lose at home.

This week he is hoping for even better luck, but believes even if Spurs win - it could be bad news for them.

He said: "These two sides might as well be on the beach. In all seriousness, I think Tottenham will prevail here. However, if they do win I don’t think it’s a great result.

"It’s getting to the stage of the season where I don’t think too many teams want to finish fifth or sixth. The Europa League is a huge distraction for the teams that qualify."

Spurs have managed to record four points out of their last four matches, and have not scored in their last two games, against Burnley and Aston Villa.

The Europa League has proved to be a burden for Tottenham in recent seasons, and it would be interesting to see next season if they can kick on should they not have to play in it. Manchester United have benefited this season especially in the early part of this season when they were badly struck by injuries, and look destined to qualify for the Champions League.

The other reason why a Spurs win at Newcastle will see Mauricio Pochettino's side pick up only limited credit is the fact Newcastle are in even worse form, and have not won a game since February, and just two in 2015.

Merson added of the Geordies: "Newcastle are in a bad place at the moment. They need to win a football match quickly."

Tottenham pose a tough prospect despite their recent lethargic run, having the sixth best away record in the Premier League. Newcastle's home record is the 12th best in the division.

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