By Dominic Toner
Paul Merson believes that Tottenham will record a “comfortable win” against West Ham.
Spurs host the Hammers on Saturday in the Premier League and will be overwhelming favourites to gain three points.
Sky Sports pundit Merson has backed Mauricio Pochettino’s side to win the match 2-0 against a struggling West Ham.
“I’m going to go for a comfortable Spurs win. They’ve had a couple of bad results in the Champions League, but they’re still undefeated in the league,” Merson wrote for Sky Sports. “It was a very even game against Arsenal a fortnight ago, and with West Ham still struggling, I can’t see anything but a Spurs win.”
Slaven Bilic’s team are currently 17th in the Premier League table and just a point above the relegation places, with the club failing to emulate their seventh-placed finish last season.
Spurs remain the only unbeaten time in the division after proving defensively resilient, but are without in their last seven games across all competitions.
The north London club have dropped points against the likes of West Brom and Bournemouth in that time and will be keen to avoid a repeat against the Hammers.
They will be expected to have enough talent to overcome their London rivals and get their title push back on track.
Spurs’ recent dip in form has seen them drop down to fifth-placed in the league and they are currently three points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, with a further two points to leaders Liverpool.
Pochettino will be hopeful that they can repeat the 4-1 scoreline from the home victory against West Ham last season in November.
Harry Kane’s brace helped inspire his side to victory and the England striker is available after recovering from a 10-game layout.
The Hammers did gain revenge in the reverse fixture in March as Michail Antonio scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win, but they are someway off their impressive form from last season.
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