Paul Merson states his prediction for Cardiff v Tottenham

Harry Kane started 2019 with a goal as Tottenham cruised past Cardiff City 3-0 in their Premier League clash.

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 appear to be a more confident side now, though, and that will pose Tottenham with a different test.

The result means Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham side sit a point ahead of Manchester City and six behind Liverpool, who both meet each other on Thursday night.

Danny Rose was recalled to the starting XI by manager Mauricio Pochettino and he proved his value to the team. After such a surprise defeat to Wolves, it was important Spurs not only got back to winning ways, but sent a message to the doubters who have been writing off their hopes of a title charge, and while Cardiff made it very, very easy for them in south Wales, Spurs were clinical, and remained hungry for more goals all match. Harry Kane scores one of his scruffier goals to give Spurs a dream start.

Eriksen received a pass from Son, took a touch, and sent a precise shot from the edge of the area just inside the post to make it 2-0 in the 12th minute. In this country all the people are going to watch the game, but I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.

The Bluebirds are three points above the relegation zone after 20 games.

Neil Warnock has the side as well organised as you would expect, with today's match offering the chance for them to record three straight top-flight clean sheets for the first time since 1957. "The league should enforce they play at Wembley now for the rest of the season". It was beaten 5-1 at Manchester United just before Christmas and was also thrashed 5-0 by Man City at home in September.

It is amusing, or perhaps alarming, to think that if Tottenham had been offered their money back for the £30 million man in the summer, they would surely have taken it with glee.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said that early goal was a heavy blow: "When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot".