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Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Southampton

By Harvey Byrne

Mark Lawrenson believes that Tottenham will continue their good run when they meet Southampton on December 28.

The north London club are preparing to travel to St Mary’s for their next clash which sees fifth take on seventh.

Spurs have won their last two matches with victories over Hull and Burnley respectively.

By contrast, Southampton are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions with two draws and two wins.

However, Lawrenson believes Tottenham will bring an end to the Saints’ good run of form with a 2-0 win to the away side.

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“The good thing from Southampton’s point of view is that it does not look like they will miss injured striker Charlie Austin – they have a few other options up front,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Jay Rodriguez and Sofiane Boufal have done well recently and I think Shane Long gives a lot for the team too – he is not a regular goalscorer but he would chase a paper bag down the street all day for you, even in a hurricane.

“Saints will be a test for Tottenham on Mauricio Pochettino’s return to his old club, but his Spurs side have won their past two games and I just get the impression that they might just go on a bit of a run again now.”

Tottenham have failed to win any of their last eight away matches in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Southampton have built up a strong record at home, losing just one match at St Mary’s in a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Chelsea.

The two sides are currently separated by just two places, but there is a nine-point gap in the middle of them.

The two teams last met at White Hart Lane in May with a Steve Davis double for Southampton cancelling out a lone Son Heung-min strike in a 2-1 victory.

Tottenham will now be looking for revenge with a top four placing well within their sights.

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