Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will draw with Chelsea tomorrow evening.
The former Arsenal player believes that the match will end as a 1-1 draw which wouldn’t be good enough for Spurs to overtake their London rivals into third in the Premier League table.
This will be the seventh meeting between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium – Chelsea have beaten Spurs four times, more than any club has beaten another at the ground.
There is some positive news on the injury front with the return of Jan Vertonghen from the hamstring strain he suffered against Huddersfield Town at the back end of September.
Fellow central defender Davinson Sanchez is still out with a hamstring problem, so it remains to be seen if Mauricio Pochettino will keep the faith with Juan Foyth alongside Toby Alderweireld, or if he will switch to a back three.
Foyth turned in a man of the match performance last time out against Crystal Palace where he popped up with the only goal of the game.
Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose also miss out through injury.
Merson told Sky Sports: “It should be a great game and for both sets of fans, this is the game. So a massive match and I do not see a great deal between the two teams. At the moment, Chelsea’s match winners are playing better than Tottenham’s, like Eden Hazard, Ross Barkley, Willian and even Pedro had one of his best games against Palace.
“I do not see Chelsea losing, so I am going for a draw, which would be a good result for them. I mean, let’s be honest, Chelsea are not going to win the league this season, top four is the main thing. And if they come second or third in the manager’s first season with a team that were nowhere near last year, I think that would be a really good start.
“Tottenham, meanwhile, have set themselves a really high standard and they are probably better off than they have been all season. But these players have to keep doing this week in week out, they do not have the squad.
“If they are losing on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino will turn round to the bench, but who will he bring on? Whereas if Chelsea are losing, Barkley, Olivier Giroud, or Pedro could be a sub and these are players who can come on and change a game.
“But who can change a game for Tottenham? So that is where I think it will take its toll on them at the end.
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