‘Never going to see that’ – Paul Merson makes prediction about race for fourth

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Paul Merson has insisted that Tottenham Hotspur remain the favourites to seal fourth place despite their loss against Brighton over the weekend. 

The defeat at home to the Seagulls will feel like a missed opportunity for Antonio Conte’s men, particularly since Arsenal fell to their third consecutive loss at the St Mary’s later that same afternoon.

Tottenham’s slip up has allowed Manchester United back in the race for fourth, with the Red Devils now sitting just three points off Spurs following their win at Carrow Road.

With Man United and Arsenal set to travel to Anfield and Stamford Bridge next before squaring off against each other, the Lilywhites will be hoping to capitalise with a win over Brentford on Saturday.

Merson has now said that, unlike the title race, the likes of Spurs were never going to go unbeaten for the remainder of the season.

The former Arsenal midfielder told Soccer Special on Sky Sports (18/04/22 at 2:30 pm): “We sat here two or three weeks ago when Arsenal were (starting to struggle).

“Arsenal and Tottenham weren’t going to win their last eight games each. They weren’t and they aren’t good enough to win their last eight games each. Liverpool and Man City are.

“That’s why that Sunday (Premier League) game was big. Whoever won that Man City-Liverpool game, you could see them reeling off the next seven wins. You were never going to see that with Arsenal or Tottenham.

“They (Brighton) had a play. Sat back and counter-attacked – there is still a long way to go. I still think Tottenham are favourites to get into the top four.”

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There is absolutely no reason for Spurs to panic as we look the best team among the three contenders at the moment and we also have more favourable fixtures than Arsenal and Man Utd. 

United needed some magic from Ronaldo just to get past Norwich and they have not shown anything under Ralf Rangnick to suggest that they can go on an impressive run.

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