By Danny Wright
Mark Lawrenson believes that Tottenham will struggle against London rivals Fulham in Sunday’s FA Cup clash.
The BBC pundit says that based on Thursday night’s loss to Gent in the Europa League, Mauricio Pochettino may be forced into playing a weakened team at Craven Cottage.
In his predictions on BBC Sport, Lawrenson believes that the final score will be 1-1, but added that Spurs will go on to win the replay at White Hart Lane.
“We are not quite sure what sort of team Tottenham will put out,” Lawrenson said. “They included Harry Kane, Dele Alli and other first-choice players from the start against Gent in the Europa League on Thursday night which might be a factor.
“I think Tottenham might struggle to get the job done at Craven Cottage, but I think they will come through a replay back at White Hart Lane.”
The former Liverpool man also talked up Spurs’ opposition, saying that Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic should be in the Premier League and pointed out that Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon are the two danger men that Pochettino should keep his eye on.
Lawro added: “There is a lot of talk of 16-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon, who is an outstanding prospect, but Tom Cairney in midfield is a very good player.
“In Slavisa Jokanovic, the former Watford boss, they have a manager who really should still be in the Premier League as well.”
Fulham are fresh from a 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest on the banks of the Thames on Tuesday night.
They have won their last four games at home and will be no pushover for Tottenham who, after losing 1-0 to Gent on Thursday, will be in no mood for another shock defeat.
Spurs beat Aston Villa then struggled to a 4-3 victory over Wycombe to get to this stage in the competition.
The club are without an FA Cup win since 1991 and have won the competition eight times in their history – only Manchester United and Arsenal have won it more.
In other Tottenham news, this is the expected XI to take on Fulham.