Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Chelsea
By Harvey Byrne
Mark Lawrenson believes that Tottenham will continue their poor Stamford Bridge record against Chelsea on Saturday.
Spurs have not won on Chelsea’s famous ground since 1990 with goals from David Howells and Gary Lineker ensuring a 2-1 victory.
They have suffered three defeats in their last four fixtures at Stamford Bridge and BBC pundit Lawrenson expects the run to continue, predicting a 2-0 defeat for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
“On form, it is hard not to go with Chelsea at the moment,” wrote Lawrenson for the BBC Sport website. “They are top of the Premier League, and flying.
“In contrast, Tottenham are going through a dip, even if they did fight back to beat West Ham last time out.
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“Spurs do not look the same at the back without Toby Alderweireld, who will miss this game through injury, and Harry Kane is still getting his sharpness back up front.
“As lots of people reading this will know, it is more than 26 years since Tottenham last won at Stamford Bridge. I think they will have to wait a bit longer to finally put that record to bed.”
Chelsea are one point clear at the top of the table with six victories from their last six league matches.
However, a win for Tottenham will take them within a point of the south London team.
Spurs have remained the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after 12 fixtures with six wins and six draws.
They will be keen to turn more of those draws in to wins, as they currently sit out of the Champions League places in fifth.
Pochettino will now have his attentions fully on the league, after Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League group stage in midweek.
The two London rivals last met in May, playing out a 2-2 draw with goals from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
In other Tottenham news, Martin Keown has identified why Spurs struggled in the Champions League.