By Russell Edge

1st Dec, 2017 | 6:28pm

Lawrenson hammers Tottenham stars in prediction v Watford

Former Liverpool defender and current BBC Sports pundit Mark Lawrenson has hammered some of Tottenham’s star players for not replicating their displays of last season.

Mauricio Pochettino has seen his side fail to win in four of their last five league matches, with their 2-1 defeat to Leicester extending their poor run of form in midweek.

The Lilywhites had won 6-1 at the King Power Stadium last season, Harry Kane notching four, while they won 4-1 in their last visit to Watford back on New Year’s Day, the side they will face off against on Saturday.

Now Lawrenson says he has been disappointed by what he has seen from some of the Tottenham players this season, with results having meant they have slipped from being level on points with second to sitting in seventh place, 16 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and behind Burnley by a single point.

Predicting a 2-1 win for Spurs away at Vicarage Road, he wrote on the BBC Sport website: “Tottenham have thrown in a couple of iffy performances recently, with the latest coming in the first half of their defeat by Leicester on Tuesday.

“Some of Spurs’ stars have not hit the heights of last season, but at least they have good memories of Vicarage Road – when they took the Hornets apart here on New Year’s Day.

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“It could be an open game which would suit Tottenham, although I think it will be a lot closer than their last visit.”

While three points would not be enough to see them return to the top four, Tottenham could leapfrog both Burnley and Liverpool and be left just a point behind north London rivals Arsenal if results go their way.

In other Tottenham news, this key figure is set to make a comeback against the Hornets after his layoff.

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