Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has predicted Tottenham will win away to Aston Villa this weekend, while he has backed Everton to turn over Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Spurs were put to the sword by Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League in midweek and as such will look to bounce back when they travel to the Midlands to face the Premier League’s bottom side.
The North London side are in the hunt to become English champions for the first time since 1961 but will know that a win over Remi Garde’s side is a pre-requisite to keep them in touch with division leaders Leicester.
Merson, despite his allegiance to former club Arsenal, has backed Spurs to win at Villa Park.
“As for this game against Villa, it’s must-win for Tottenham,” he wrote on Sky Sports.
“There is no messing about now because draws are not good enough and if it’s level in the last 15 minutes of matches, they have to go all out.
“I think they’ll beat Villa by three goals, though. There’s not one Villa player that would get in the Tottenham team at the moment.”
Merson went on to predict that Chelsea’s hopes of winning the FA Cup will end at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park.
Guus Hiddink’s men know that victory in the domestic cup competition is the only chance of silverware this season after their dramatic fall from grace.
Merson has stated that he feels Everton will be too good for the outgoing Premier League champions and book a place in the competition semi-finals.
“This all depends on whether Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are available because Chelsea could be in trouble without them. If they’re not fit, I don’t see the visitors getting a result,” the former midfielder continued.
“People will say ‘Which Everton will we get, the one that keeps throwing leads away at home or the one that slaughtered Stoke away?’
But if Costa and Hazard don’t play, Chelsea are there to be beaten and I don’t see anything but an Everton win.”