Southampton will host Tottenham at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and former Arsenal attacker Merson has backed the game to finish 1-1.
“It's a big game for both teams coming off poor results,” the Englishman has written on Skysports.com. “If Spurs are going to be considered top four contenders they need to kick Saints while they're down here.”
A footnote added: “PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1”.
Tottenham have been in good form this season, although it remains to be seen how they recover from last weekend’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at White Hart Lane.
The performance of the Spurs players in the second half in North London was disappointing, and head coach Mauricio Pochettino will want them to raise their game against Southampton on Saturday.
The Saints are struggling for form and for points at the moment, and there is a good chance that they will let Spurs take all three points this weekend.
Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal are in Premier League action on Monday evening when they take on Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Merson expects the Gunners to win the encounter 3-1 and go on to win the league title with ease.
“I’m going for Arsenal to win this one, and go on to win the title comfortably,” the former Aston Villa attacker has written on Skysports.com. “I’ve watched Man City a few times, and they keep on falling over the line against teams.”
It seems that Merson is confident about Arsenal’s Premier League title chances, but he should not get carried away.
City have arguably the best squad in the Premier League and are just a point behind second-place Arsenal in third at the moment.
A win at the Emirates is certainly going to be a huge boost to Arsenal, but it will not mean that City will slip out of the title race.