Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is back with another round of predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action.
Manchester United host Southampton at 3pm on Saturday and will hope to continue their fight for a top four finish, with third place now becoming a possibility as Tottenham wobble.
Merson is not giving the Saints much of a chance against the Reds, who were able to go away to Crystal Palace with a flurry of injuries and still win the game convincingly.
Southampton, on the other hand, won their league game against Fulham 2-0 during the week. Both teams went into the game knowing they’re going to be relegation contenders between now and the end of the season, so it was an important win for Ralph Husenhüttl and his players.
“It was a massive result for Saints against Fulham on Wednesday, their cup final, but I don’t see how they’re beating Man Utd,” said Merson.
“Their big game was against Fulham, but United will be too strong for them here.
“For United to get that impressive result wit that many injuries at Palace was impressive. I think this is a simple victory at Old Trafford,” he concluded before predicting a 2-0 win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
If United and Arsenal win this weekend, we’ll go two points adrift of third place, but Spurs winning wouldn’t be the worst outcome either. That would take us into fourth granted we secure all three points against the Saints.
Alan Sugar, who was chairman at Tottenham Hotspur from 1991 to 2001, says he will be ‘really annoyed’ if Pochettino’s side finish the season behind United or Arsenal.
“It’s typical Tottenham,” Lord Sugar told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “We do so well but then come to the end of the season we’ve always given it away. I just hope this particular year that we don’t give it away.
“We’re not going to be champions, that’s for sure, but it will really annoy me if we ended up with Arsenal and Manchester United above us, especially considering we had a ten point lead above them.”
We’re sure Piers Morgan is ready to pounce at Sugar this weekend if Spurs happen to come up short.