'No way': Paul Merson predicts who he thinks will finish higher in the league out of Chelsea and Tottenham

Paul Merson believes Chelsea will finish above Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this season.

Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Arsenal midfielder prophesied a better final position for Graham Potter’s men then their London rivals.

At the moment, Merson’s prediction is someway off becoming true.

Spurs are five points ahead of the Blues heading into the weekend fixtures.

This gap could well decrease or increase, depending on how the respective teams get on tomorrow.

Chelsea have a huge task ahead as they welcome high-flying Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the afternoon kick-off.

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A few hours later, Antonio Conte will lock horns with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the capital.

Merson makes his Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction

The race for Champions League football could well hinge on the two matches, with all four clubs hopeful of European qualification.  

For Merson, this expectation will become a reality for Potter, potentially at the expensive of Tottenham.

“No way. I just don’t think you get away with keep going to the well like they do,” he said in response to Conte’s troop possibly finishing third.

“I just don’t see how they finish third. I think Chelsea will finish above Tottenham.

“He (Potter) needs to get his team right but I think Chelsea finish above Tottenham.”

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 In order to finish above Spurs, Chelsea must overcome their other London adversary first.

Arsenal will pose arguably the biggest test the Blues have faced this term.

Mikel Arteta’s army of Gunners have blown away nearly every opponent they’ve faced in the league and are the favourites heading into Sunday’s showdown.

But the odds are there to be defied.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."