Paul Merson predicts Tottenham v Sunderland, delivers strong verdict on fans
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has predicted Tottenham to comfortably beat Sunderland 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at White Hart Lane.
Merson, 48 also claimed one of the reasons why Spurs lost their Champions League opener 2-1 to Monaco was because some of the 85,000 Wembley crowd don’t watch their side too often.
The north London club played in front a record-breaking home crowd of 85,011 for an English club in the landmark fixture on Wednesday night.
Former Gunners forward Merson believes the result would have been a lot different had they played at White Hart Lane, but backed Mauricio Pochettino’s side to pick up three points at the weekend.
“Tottenham got a major Champions League lesson,” Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column. “They dominated large parts of the game against Monaco, but were naïve and got caught out.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
“If the match was at White Hart Lane, I think the result would have been different. You would have had 40,000 die-hard Spurs fans, rather than 85,000, some of whom just turned up for the day and perhaps don’t watch Tottenham too often.
“I expect them to get back on track at home, and for it to be very comfortable.”
Spurs will be looking to put the disappointment of midweek behind them, as they look to add to the eight points they have picked up in their opening four games.
Pochettino’s side take on David Moyes’ Sunderland who have picked up only one win in four league games this season, as they were thumped 3-0 at home to Everton on Monday night.
In other Tottenham team news, Spurs supporters have called for a first-team change ahead of their clash against Sunderland on Sunday.