Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has given his prediction for this weekend’s Premier League clash between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
It is one of the bigger games in this round of fixtures, with the Toffees attempting to challenge the top six, while Spurs are aiming to push for the title.
Ronald Koeman’s Everton side have had a mixed bag of results in the top flight so far this season having won one, drawn one and lost one.
The team’s performances have come under fire, which is less than desirable given that the club spent over £100m in the summer on new signings.
As for Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino’s team started well with a 2-0 triumph over Newcastle United, but they were beaten by Chelsea and suffered a 92nd-minute equaliser from Burnley in their most recent match.
The Wembley curse is yet to be broken, with the North London club failing to win their two matches played at the national stadium so far this season.
The positive news for Tottenham is that Saturday’s fixture is away from home at Goodison Park, but Merson thinks that neither team will be able to snatch all three points.
He told Sky Sports:
“This is a big game for both sides. If Everton get beat at home to Spurs you’ll get the voices saying: ‘They’ve spent all this money but are still a million miles away’. Spurs have also started poorly and really need to win otherwise they could be chasing even at the early stage. This is a hard game for both teams and one they won’t want to lose. It’s a game both teams will be scared to lose so I’m going for a draw.”