'I've got a sneaky feeling': Paul Merson predicts result of Tottenham v Southampton clash
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'I've got a sneaky feeling': Paul Merson predicts result of Tottenham v Southampton clash

Tottenham Hotspur get their Premier League campaign underway at home to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs have enjoyed a fruitful summer in the transfer market, bringing in six new players.

Saints have also made half a dozen signings as they look to improve on last season’s 15th-place finish.

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Tottenham, who finished fourth last term, will be hoping to get up and running ahead of a busy and crucial season.

Paul Merson, writing on Sportskeeda, gave his prediction on the first matchday of the 2022-23 top-flight campaign.

He suggested Southampton might be tricky opposition for Spurs, saying he had a “sneaky feeling” about the game.

Nonetheless, Merson tipped Antonio Conte’s charges to prevail 2-0 in front of their own fans.

“I don’t think Southampton will do too well in the Premier League this season, but I’ve got a sneaky feeling about this game,” wrote the Arsenal legend.

“I do like the way Tottenham have bought though, and I think they’ll be able to win this game.”

Despite bringing in six new signings, Spurs could well field a team without any new recruits against Southampton.

Richarlison is serving a suspension, Ivan Perisic is returning from a calf injury, and Yves Bissouma has tweaked his hamstring.

Clement Lenglet, Fraser Forster and Djed Sence seem likely to be kept on the bench for the visit of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

Meanwhile, the Southampton boss does not have any new fitness issues to contend with ahead of the trip to London.

Valentino Livramento is a long-term absentee, while Theo Walcott is still not training with the team.

However, Nathan Tella has returned to training following a knock he picked up in pre-season.

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