‘Can’t see Spurs doing that’: Merson makes two bold claims ahead of West Ham v Tottenham
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'Can't see Spurs doing that': Merson makes two bold claims ahead of West Ham v Tottenham

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Paul Merson has made two bold claims about Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United ahead of the London derby this weekend.

Spurs bounced back well against Newcastle United last week but slipped up in the Europa Conference League. The pressure is piling up on Nuno Espirito Santo and if Merson’s predictions are anything to go by, things will only get worse for him.

The Englishman has had his say on the game at the London Stadium on Sunday. He fancies West Ham to win the game, which is no surprise based on recent form, but his second prediction is a bolder one.

Merson believes that if David Moyes can keep all of West Ham’s players fit, there’s no way Tottenham can finish above them in the Premier League this season.

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He wrote in his column on Sportskeeda: “This is a big game and I’m predicting West Ham to win at home.

“In my opinion, they are a better team than Tottenham Hotspur because they are more consistent and dig in more in the bigger games. If David Moyes manages to keep everyone fit over the course of the season, West Ham will finish above Spurs.

“Spurs got a good result against Newcastle United in their previous Premier League encounter, but I still feel like West Ham can grind this one out. While on the other hand, I can’t see Spurs doing that consistently throughout the season.”

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Merson’s prediction is certainly a bold one, but it’s not unrealistic by any means. The Irons finished above Spurs last season and there’s no reason why they can’t do it again this campaign.

Tottenham’s over-reliance on Son Heing-min and Harry Kane is hurting them. If the deadly pair score, Tottenham usually get over the line, but when they don’t, they go home with no points in the bag more often than not.

West Ham, as crazy as it is to say, are arguably the favourites to win the game at the London Stadium on Sunday. If they do, they will fancy their chances of finishing above Tottenham for the second season in a row.

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