Paul Merson predicts Tottenham clash v Newcastle
By Danny Wright
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has predicted that Tottenham will triumph in their first Premier League fixture of the season against Newcastle on Sunday.
The former Arsenal midfielder believes that there could be a “cricket score” at St. James’ Park and has Mauricio Pochettino’s men down to win 3-0 against the newly-promoted Magpies.
Tottenham will be going into Sunday’s clash as the only team in the Premier League to have not signed a player, while Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has recently admitted that he has been left frustrated by not being able to land his main targets.
Merson, 49, believes that although the Magpies have signed five new players, they still have not strengthened as much as they need to in order to get a decent opening result against Spurs.
“Newcastle simply haven’t signed enough players. Rafa Benitez has managed at the top of European football and I’m sure he doesn’t have plans to stay in the Premier League by the skin of his teeth following promotion,” said the ex-England international on the Sky Sports website.
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“I can see this whole affair at Newcastle coming to an end soon if Rafa continues not to be backed in the transfer market. They haven’t spent enough and if it wasn’t for the fans I’d tip them to go down.
“Spurs are as good as anybody in the league and against a Newcastle side, who will have to attack in front of their own fans, this could be a cricket score.”
Tottenham will be going into Sunday’s clash knowing that they didn’t have the best of times in their last trip to Newcastle on the final day of the 2015/16 season.
Although the Magpies had already been relegated, they managed to thrash Spurs 5-1 to see them left third in the Premier League table that term.
Pochettino’s men showed a marked improvement last season as they finished as runners-up to Chelsea, but they are yet to make any additions to a squad which is largely seen as lacking strength in depth.
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