Merson and Lawrenson’s predictions on Spurs v Stoke

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It’s that time of the week where we take a look at what Mark Lawrenson and Paul Merson are predicting for the Spurs vs Stoke City match.

We all know that they love to predict a Tottenham defeat, but there’s a surprise in store this week.

First up is BBC ‘pundit’ the mulleted Mark Lawrenson: “I co-commentated on Stoke’s defeat by Liverpool on Sunday and they did not really create much, which will be a worry.

“Tottenham will have similar concerns about their attack and I can understand why they are signing Cameroon striker Clinton N’Jie from Lyon, because Harry Kane needs help.

“Home advantage will be enough for Spurs on Saturday, but there will not be much between the two sides.

“Prediction: 2-1.”

Paul Merson just cannot predict a Spurs win, and once again he refuses to do so.  He told Sky: “All of Stoke’s signings have played for big, big football clubs.  Winning football clubs.  Tottenham did OK at United but still lost.  These are two decent teams a lot closer than we think in terms of quality.  Given that, I’m going for an entertaining draw.

“I say don’t judge Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino yet.  The side is still not fully his, he’ll want to bring more in.  I like him and think he’s a good manage, but there’s a hell of a lot of pressure on Harry Kane this season.

“Prediction: 2-2.”


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    • Your right Sad person. Cant even pronounce players names correctly let alone predict football scores.
      Never wants Spurs to win because of hos association with Arsenal

  1. LoL
    1 – If Spurs had signed the players Stoke have, Merson would be predicting a loss for Spurs on the basis that they have too many players to bed in and many of them aren't Premiership tested.

    2 – All the usual suspects are hiding behind this 'lot of pressure on Kane' reasoning to minimize Spurs. Spurs, obviously, will get some support in for him. And it is possible that he could struggle this year, but also that he could be just as good or better. When analysed logically, there is more reason to believe he will be a hit rather than a miss. And if he were playing for ArseAnal, no matter how few strikers they had, he would be talking him up as spearheading an ArseAnal push for the title based on what he achieved last season.

    3 – Spurs aren't as short up front as is being made out. N'jie is coming in who can play as wide-forward on either side, as well as cover for Kane. Chadli can cover for Kane. N'jie, Eriksen and Pritchard can cover for Chadli. Pritchard, Dembélé and Lamela can cover for Eriksen (indeed, some would say that that is Lamela's natural position). N'Jie, Dembélé and Townsend can cover for Lamela. That is far more cover, in real terms, than was available last season – not least because Pochettino clearly didn't trust some of his options. Another body, maybe one with a bit more experience would be nice – and may come in. But overall, Spurs didn't suffer due to attacking play last season, and, as shown, they have strengthened there, anyway. Spurs suffered due to defensive frailties, and that most defenitely has been strengthened. Result: despite finishing above Liverpool in five out of the last six seasons, and with Liverpool not looking any stronger defensively, the pundits, etc., continue to talk as though the last six years have never happened. Liverpool get more TV money, they are ranked higher, rated higher, have lower odds at the bookies, and in standard prediction thingies you will see last seasons' top four, Liverpool and Other. Numpties.


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