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Merson predicts Man City to exact revenge on Spurs this weekend

Paul Merson has tipped Manchester City to comfortably beat Spurs this weekend following their epic Champions League battle in midweek.

Leading 1-0 after the first leg, Spurs progressed to the last four of the Champions League on away goals after Man City won the second leg 4-3.

It was a game full of drama and controversy, with four goals being scored inside the opening 11 minutes, before VAR playing a huge part in deciding the outcome of the game.

The two sides go head-to-head in the Premier League once more this weekend as Man City now focus on defending their title, and former Arsenal star Paul Merson thinks that Pep Guardiola’s side will run out 3-0 winners, also suggesting that Mauricio Pochettino could rest players.

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“I can’t seen anything other than a Man City win. Spurs don’t have the biggest squad in the world and the other night will have taken a lot out of them,” Merson wrote in his weekly predictions column for Sky Sports.

“I think both teams changing things up will still result in a City win. It is not a matter of revenge. It is a strange one because if you would have asked them last week City would rather have won the Champions League and Liverpool the league. Now it could be the other way around.

“Tottenham could easily rest players for this game and then just make sure they beat Brighton. With their injuries, they need to start prioritising their games now, and look at what games they will win and which they are less likely to win.

“It is not every day they get to a Champions League semi-final. They will rest players after such a quick turnaround.”

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