By Danny Wright
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes that Tottenham will reign supreme when they meet West Ham for a London derby at Saturday lunchtime.
The Sky Sports pundit has predicted that Mauricio Pochettino’s men will earn an emphatic 3-1 victory at the London Stadium and knock back the Hammers just as they were beginning to show signs of progress in the Premier League.
Merson, 49, thinks that Slaven Bilic has turned a new leaf with the Irons, but cannot see anyone other than Spurs picking up all three points this weekend after successful midweek wins in the Carabao Cup for both clubs.
“West Ham have turned a corner after good performances against Huddersfield and West Brom but I can’t look past Tottenham here,” said Merson on the Sky Sports website in his weekly predictions.
“They have been very good away from home – what they did at Everton was brilliant – and I can see them scoring three again.
“The Hammers were good against Huddersfield and solid at The Hawthorns but Tottenham are a cut above both. Spurs need to sort out their Wembley problem because it will ruin their Premier League chances if they aren’t careful.”
Coincidentally, both Spurs and West Ham have been drawn to play each other in the next round of the League Cup in October, and the result in that meeting may be impacted upon by what materialises this weekend in the league.
The Hammers have a good home record against Tottenham in recent seasons and have won 1-0 on both occasions in the last two years.
Spurs have won in just one of their four visits to either Upton Park or the London Stadium, but that record will be improved on Saturday if Merson’s prediction comes to fruition.
In other Tottenham news, a first-team midfielder has been ruled out of this weekend’s game with the Hammers.