Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham clash against Man City, makes bold claim
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham will pick up a point against Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Saturday evening.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson predicted a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium and made a bold claim by stating that Spurs are the best team in the league at this moment in time.
This despite leaders Chelsea opening up a seven-point gap in the table and only losing one of their last 16 league games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel to Manchester without their key defender Jan Vertonghen after he picked up an injury during the 4-0 win against West Brom last time out.
By contrast, City were beaten by the same scoreline at Ronald Koeman’s Everton as they have now lost two of their last three league games.
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Ahead of the fixture, former Liverpool defender, Lawrenson explained why there will be a few goals in the match.
“Tottenham are flying right now and I don’t think Jan Vertonghen’s injury will affect them because in Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies they have got a couple of potential replacements at the back,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sports website.
“I like their 3-5-2 formation because it really suits their players and you could argue that, at the moment, they are the best team in the league.
“I would expect some improvement from Manchester City after last week’s heavy defeat against Everton but they are struggling defensively and this Spurs team will definitely create chances against them too.
“Put it this way, I can see there being a few goals at both ends.”
Pochettino will be hoping star duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli can produce the goods in what will be a tricky away fixture.
Striker Kane scored a hat-trick in his last match, while midfielder Alli has found the back of the net on six occasions in his last four league games.
The north London club have the best defensive record in the league with only 14 league goals conceded this term.
Without Vertonghen, in what is likely to be a back three, either centre-back Kevin Wimmer or left-back Ben Davies will slot into the left-hand side of three.
In other Tottenham news, Jermain Jenas has hailed the importance of this 25-year-old ahead of the Man City clash.