Paul Merson explains why Tottenham fans should be optimistic over title charge

Ex-Arsenal man Paul Merson says that Tottenham Hotspur should be ready to capitalise on slip-ups from Leicester City in the Premier League title race.

Paul Merson has suggested in his column for The Star that cracks will start to appear in Leicester City's Premier League title bid soon, noting that Tottenham Hotspur can capitalise.

With seven matches to go in this gripping title race, the Foxes hold all the cards as Claudio Ranieri's men boast a five-point lead over second-placed Spurs, with Arsenal - who have a game in hand - 11 points off the pace.

Given that they were 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, it has been suggested that City would fall away, but to their credit they do not appear to be crumbling under the intense pressure of what would arguably be the most unlikely of sporting achievements on record.

That being said, former Arsenal hero Merson cannot see it being a straightforward route to the trophy and claims that the Lilywhites should be optimistic over their chances.

"Leicester have blown Arsenal and Manchester City out of the title race. But Tottenham are still coming for them," he wrote in The Star. "I think there’s a long way to go still. I’ve seen it too many times. I played in Arsenal teams that won the title and we dropped silly points during the run-in.

"Pressure does funny things to you, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Leicester lose a couple of games before it’s over. Look at their next three games. They’ve Southampton who are bang in form, Sunderland who are fighting for their lives and West Ham who are one of the toughest teams in the league.

"They might not win any of those games. Spurs go to Anfield next and so long as they don’t lose they will still be in the title race. It will still be possible. Leicester will lose to someone along the way. Then we’ll see what happens."


It could perhaps prove to be a pivotal gameweek in the calendar next weekend, as Leicester host Southampton on Sunday, with Spurs facing Liverpool away on the Saturday.

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