Paul Merson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will fall to their fourth consecutive Premier League loss against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Tottenham had a rosy start to life under Nuno Espirito Santo as they found themselves at the top of the Premier League table after their first three games.
However, things have gone horribly wrong for Spurs since as they have fallen to successive losses against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, conceding nine goals in the process.
The 3-1 loss in the North London derby on Sunday has seen many pundits question the club’s choice to appoint Nuno, with some reports even alleging that the Portuguese coach is now fighting to keep his job.
Merson believes that Villa will pile even more misery on Spurs and Nuno by walking away with all three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
The former Arsenal man admitted that the attitude of the Spurs players is a matter of huge concern for the club.
Merson told Sportskeeda: “Aston Villa were really good against Manchester United.
“They deserved to get a positive result and they did as Bruno Fernandes missed a stoppage-time penalty to restore parity at Old Trafford. Ultimately, the game will boil down to the version of Tottenham Hotspur that turns up.
“Will it be the side that got absolutely rolled over by Chelsea and Arsenal, or will it be the team that gave Chelsea a game in the first 45 minutes and also beat Manchester City on the opening day of the Premier League season?
“If Spurs hit the front in the opening exchanges, they are a hard team to play against.
“I like Villa and after careful consideration, I fancy them to win this one 2-1. The way Spurs are playing now and their attitude scares me. If they don’t change, I can’t see them getting anything from this game.
“A loss would put serious pressure on Nuno Espirito Santo, especially with the international break coming up after the Premier League weekend. This is a massive game for Spurs and the Portuguese manager, it has to be said.”
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I am certainly not confident going into this game as Villa are a good side and we need to be at our best to get all three points. Hopefully, Kane’s hattrick in midweek has opened the floodgates for the striker and he can go on a bit of a purple patch over the next few weeks.
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