Paul Merson predicts Tottenham v West Ham
By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has predicted Tottenham to make light work of West Ham when the two meet on Friday evening.
The two London clubs are set to square off at the London Stadium for the 8.00pm kick off with it being the first time Spurs have played on the Olympic ground.
Both teams will be aiming for the three points on Friday with Tottenham looking to keep the pace with top of the league Chelsea, while the Hammers could guarantee their survival with a win.
But, Merson believes Tottenham will ease to a 3-0 victory and he has told that the club will put severe pressure on the Blues if they move to within a point of them.
“It’s a huge game for Tottenham and also for West Ham if you read the papers regarding Slaven Bilic’s future. The speculation regarding his future is not fair at all in my opinion. I’m a big fan of Bilic and it’s just been one of those seasons for him and West Ham,” told Merson to the Sky Sports website.
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“This game is West Ham’s cup final but I don’t see anything other than a Tottenham win. There would have to be a major shift in form for the Hammers to get anything from it. It’s not been the best of seasons for Bilic’s men but if you ask any West Ham fan, if they beat Spurs it would turn into a great season for them. The fans would certainly go home from the London Stadium a lot happier.
“However, Tottenham can put severe pressure on Chelsea with victory. I know Chelsea have some nice fixtures coming up but if Spurs can move to within one point of the league leaders, it will be a lot different.
“We’ve seen it too many times in football before, you just never know what might happen. Tottenham are playing so well at the moment and I can’t see anything three points for Pochettino’s side.”
Tottenham have hit some fine league form this year with a stunning run of nine consecutive victories and they will be looking to add to that against West Ham.
However, Chelsea are also in good form and have picked up victories in four of their last five league matches, keeping them ahead of Spurs by four points.
If Tottenham do win against West Ham then they will have to wait three days to see how Chelsea get on with Antonio Conte’s men set to host relegation battling Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans have reacted to Vincent Janssen’s Twitter post ahead of the Hammers clash.