By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted Tottenham will beat Leicester 2-1 in Saturday afternoon’s kick off.
The former Liverpool man highlighted Spurs’ current blip, which has seen them struggle to three draws and a loss in their last four fixtures in all competitions, but stated that Mauricio Pochettino’s team were still the only unbeaten side left in the Premier League.
Lawrenson, 59, stated that Tottenham could be boosted by the return of star centre-back Toby Alderweireld, but if he isn’t ready then Eric Dier is perfectly viable in the position.
“By their standards, Tottenham have had a blip by drawing their last two games,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website. “Things did not go their way at West Brom or Bournemouth but, even so, they did not lose and they are still the only unbeaten top-flight team this season.
“Tottenham could have Toby Alderweireld back from injury to play at centre-half against Leicester, but Eric Dier looks perfectly happy there if he is not ready yet.
“We know the system Spurs will play – that does not change – and the great thing for their manager Mauricio Pochettino is that when the personnel changes, it is still business as usual.
“I see them returning to winning ways on Saturdays, helped by the fact that Leicester’s away league form – they have lost four games out of four on the road, conceding 13 goals.
“The Foxes’ Champions League form has been outstanding which makes up for the fact they have been inconsistent domestically.
“It looks like they will get out of their group and be involved in Europe after Christmas so this is still going to be a good season for them, even if they remain in mid-table in the Premier League.”
Tottenham were considered Leicester’s main rivals for the Premier League title towards the end of the last campaign before a Spurs end of season collapse which saw them finish in third place.
Now sat in fifth place Pochettino’s team are looking to improve on last season’s finish, while also competing against Europe’s elite in the Champions League.
They are sat one point behind league leaders Manchester City and will be hoping to leapfrog the Manchester club going into the weekend fixtures.
In other Tottenham news, this Leicester midfielder has been passed fit to play against Spurs on Saturday at White Hart Lane.