Paul Merson states his prediction for Cardiff v Tottenham

Posted January 03, 2019

It meant that five of Spurs' front six players - Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane - started for the fourth match in a row, with all of those games taking place in the space of just 10 days.

Mauricio Pochettino's side saw their five-game winning run come to an end at Wembley despite England worldwide Harry Kane breaking the deadlock in the Premier League clash. City and Liverpool play each other on Thursday.

He didn't want any questions on the subject, but it was the biggest story at his club, and indeed across the entire Premier League on that day. Cardiff defender Sean Morrison tried to clear the ball out of his area but it struck the midriff of Kane and ended up dribbling over the goal line. I think it was so important to start to build another positive run and, of course in football it is impossible to win every single game, but for sure we are going try to win every single game until the end.

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"To be 3-0 up after 20 minutes was fantastic for us and then we dominated the game". Son has only one Premier League game left - against Manchester United on January 13 - before he leaves to play for South Korea in the Asian Cup. If Liverpool loses to City, Spurs will be back in it.

"But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game".

Pochettino, who remains the bookmaker's favourite to get the full-time job at Manchester United, said the overall performance of his team had delighted him after Saturday's damaging 3-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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He is an England worldwide that needs to be starting more games and the £60,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) certainly appears to be edging back towards his best after some bad luck with injuries.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said that early goal was a heavy blow: "When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot". It was beaten 5-1 at Manchester United just before Christmas and was also thrashed 5-0 by Man City at home in September.

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