Paul Merson has insisted that he cannot see any other result apart from a Chelsea win in the all-important London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.
The optimism that surrounded Spurs after their promising start to the season under Nuno Espirito Santo seems to have completely faded on the back of the 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
Tottenham put in another lacklustre display in the 2-2 draw against Rennes in midweek, which would not fill their fans with confidence heading into the clash against Chelsea, who have started the season in excellent form.
The North Londoners also have several injuries to contend with as both Son Heung-min and Eric Dier are doubts for the match while Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura also went off injured against Rennes.
Merson believes that it will be a straightforward win for Thomas Tuchel’s side on Sunday, with the former Arsenal man admitting he was completely uninspired by Tottenham’s display at Selhurst Park.
The pundit wrote in his column for Sportskeeda: “I don’t see anything other than a Chelsea win. As for Spurs, this has been the way for quite a while now.
“They get to a certain place and start playing well, but suddenly, they face a struggling side and lose rather comprehensively! Crystal Palace scored two late goals, but Spurs never looked like winning even when it was 1-0.
“I watched Chelsea play against Zenit in the UEFA Champions League and Romelu Lukaku didn’t have too many chances.
“However, he popped up to score the matchwinner with a brilliant goal and that is exactly what he brings to the team – I fancy him to score every time he plays!
“The fans will be up for this one and I predict Chelsea to be too strong for Spurs on the night. Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Chelsea.”
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The fact that there are no expectations on Spurs heading into Sunday’s game could work to the advantage of Nuno’s men. However, the atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could turn pretty toxic if Chelsea score a couple of goals in the first half.
We desperately need Son back for the game as the last two performances demonstrated how toothless we can be in attack without the South Korean’s runs in behind to stretch defences.
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