Paul Merson explains why Tottenham will not beat Newcastle this weekend

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Pundit gives his tip for Newcastle v Tottenham.

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Two teams fresh off underwhelming transfer windows will face off on Saturday when Newcastle host Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs won the same fixture 2-0 on the opening day last season.

Pundit Paul Merson has told SkySports that he believes this year Newcastle will manage to hold Tottenham to a draw.

 

Predicting a 0-0 result, Merson explained: "I feel they'll find it hard due to the World Cup.

"Spurs just haven't got their players back. Rafa Benitez will make them hard to beat. Spurs won't have the goals early on so Newcastle will hold on this year. I'm going for a goalless draw."

Tottenham have a strong England and Belgium contingent who are all in a race to be passed fit for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off, along with France international  Hugo Lloris.

Harry Kane looks on during an England training session on June 27, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Their late involvement at Russia 2018 and subsequent time off has allowed for just one week's training back at Tottenham and manager Mauricio Pochettino will not want to rush all of his top stars back before they are ready.

Newcastle are another team with a cloud hanging over them after a frustrating transfer window, but unlike Spurs they did manage to add some players, and Rafa Benitez arguably needs the three points even more than Mauricio Pochettino does.

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