Paul Merson makes huge prediction about Chelsea and Tottenham in top-four race

PAUL MERSON insists Chelsea won’t be able to handle Burnley on Thursday night.

Chelsea had to come from two goals down to beat Southampton on Saturday with Olivier Giroud inspiring their win after coming off the bench.

Tottenham’s defeat to Manchester City means the Blues are now seven points off a top-four spot.

But Merson believes Antonio Conte’s men will come up short at Turf Moor with Burnley in inspired form.

He told Sky Sports: “I think Burnley are ridiculous odds to beat Chelsea here. With the FA Cup semi-final coming up, it’s a great bet.

“We saw on Saturday Chelsea didn’t even want to be there in the first 70 minutes against Southampton, it was only when Olivier Giroud came on did they look energetic and urgent. He wanted to prove something.

“You can’t go 2-0 down at Burnley, they’re a completely different side to Southampton. Burnley have been outstanding.”

Tottenham need to bounce back from their loss to City to make sure they don’t let Chelsea overtake them in the top-four race.

Spurs take on Brighton tomorrow night and Merson can only see one result.

He added: “Tottenham were embarrassed by Man City. They got a complete runaround, bar five or 10 minutes in each half. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“Brighton had a go against Crystal Palace, but defensively I’m not sure. I don’t think they’ll keep Harry Kane quiet, so I can’t see anything but a Spurs win.

“I think Brighton will be alright, they’ve just got to keep their eyes on Southampton’s results.”

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