Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Everton
By Harvey Byrne
Mark Lawrenson has predicted a Tottenham victory as they prepare to host Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
The north London club are currently sat in second place in the league table on 53 points, placing them five positions and nine points above their weekend opponents.
The last time the two sides met in August brought a 1-1 draw with goals from each of Ross Barkley and Erik Lamela at Goodsion Park.
However, former Liverpool man Lawrenson believes it will be a different outcome this time and has tipped a 2-0 Spurs win.
“Tottenham made a disappointing exit from the Europa League but they never seem to be off the boil for very long, as they showed with their 4-0 win over Stoke,” told Lawrenson to BBC Sport.
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“Generally Spurs are very good defensively and, at the other end, they just ripped the Potters apart last week – Harry Kane’s hat-trick was top drawer.
“I know Everton are nine games unbeaten in the league, but going to White Hart Lane and continuing that run is a huge ask.
“I have seen that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been linked with the Barcelona job next season but surely Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will also be interesting Barca?
“It will be interesting to see what happens there but I think both managers enjoy being in the Premier League and they both also know they are building something at the moment.”
Tottenham brought an end to a poor run of form last week as they ran out 4-0 victors against Mark Hughes’ Stoke team.
Meanwhile, Everton are on a good run of form themselves, as Lawrenson noted that they have gone nine matches unbeaten, taking them all the way back to a 1-0 defeat against Liverpool in December.
The two clubs are Premier League stalwarts now and are regularly fighting at the right end of the table.
However, Tottenham will go into match as favourites as they look to keep within distance of league leaders Chelsea.
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