By Amir Mir 

Mark Lawrenson has backed Tottenham to beat West Ham 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his Spurs side can maintain their unbeaten start to the season against their London rivals at the weekend.

The north London club, who are yet to pick up a league victory since early October, are the only unbeaten team in England’s top four divisions.

By contrast, Slaven Bilic’s men are hovering above the relegation zone, desperately looking to add some much needed wins to their name.

Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson has stated why the home side will come out on top in the fiery encounter and which player will be key to their success.

“Kane’s fitness will have benefited from being allowed to leave the England camp early,” Lawrenson wrote on the BBC Sport website. “He should start, like he did against Arsenal before the international break, and he should be a bit sharper now.

“Spurs have drawn their past four league games but I fancy them to win here. West Ham will have to wait to pull clear of the relegation zone.”

Pochettino’s men drew their last fixture 1-1 against rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, their sixth stalemate in 11 league matches.

England striker Kane, who returned from a ten-game injury absence during that derby, made a huge difference in the manner in which Spurs played as he converted from the penalty spot.

His danger in the penalty area will once again be a threat against a side which has conceded 20 goals this season compared to their opponents six.

Kane scored a brace against Bilic’s side at White Hart Lane last season, when they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.

The Hammers have registered only 11 points this term, while Pochettino’s men are on 21 points, one place outside a Champions League spot.

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