Hardly a surprise, but both Mark Lawrenson and Paul Merson have both tipped Tottenham Hotspur to lose their Premier League opener to Manchester United this weekend.
Both ‘pundits’ have historical form for always going against Spurs in their predictions, especially Merson and I really hope we can shut them up with a win at Old Trafford.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport Online: “United need another striker and they are being linked with Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
“If they get him, it would be a gamble because he has only really had one season in the Premier League. It was a very good one, but history tells me that it will be far more difficult for him in his next campaign.
“As far as the game is concerned, I am not expecting a repeat of the opening day of last season when United started poorly and lost at home to Swansea.
“That was Louis van Gaal’s first game in English football. Even if his squad still needs some work, he will be ready this time.Van Gaal has made a few good signings already and this time I think United will hit the ground running.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.”
Next, we’re onto the idiot Paul Merson, here’s what he told Sky Sports: “I’m going to go with Manchester United here but I have concerns whether their new signings will have had time to gel before the start of the season. You never know, Bastian Schweinsteiger may struggle to make the transition to the Premier League – after all it is a lot different to having 85 per cent possession like Bayern Munich have been known to have in the Bundesliga.
“The Premier League is hustle and bustle where you have a dominant game yet only have 65 per cent possession. I’ve seen a lot of players come over and struggle to adapt to the league, but I’ll save my judgement on United’s signings until we’re well into the season.
“As for Spurs, I watched them against the MLS All-Stars and they started poorly and were 2-0 down in no time. If they do that at Old Trafford they’re going to be in trouble. Saying that, I expect things to be tight with United just edging it.
“Merson Predicts: 1-0.”
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