By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has predicted Tottenham to beat Stoke 2-0 during their Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs go into the encounter at White Hart Lane having been knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday night at the hands of Belgian side Gent.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team recorded a 2-2 draw on the night but were beaten 3-2 on aggregate as they bowed at Wembley.
Now, they will focus their attention on domestic matters where they will be looking to overcome the challenge from Mark Hughes’ team.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson hailed Tottenham’s senior man Pochettino for his team selection during their FA Cup win last weekend as he backed them to record another victory.
“I thought Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s team selection for their FA Cup win over Fulham was a really clever move,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “Pochettino made some changes but stuck with the spine of the side he would use for Premier League games.
“He picked a team to win the game, and I think most top-flight managers should do the same in the FA Cup. You can do that, and still rest some of your players.
“Spurs were outplayed in their last league game, at Liverpool, because they were not allowed enough of the ball. Sunday will be a different story. Stoke will dig in, of course, but Tottenham have got players who can hurt them.”
Despite being knocked out of Europe, Spurs did sail through to the quarter final stages of the FA Cup when they beat Championship outfit Fulham 3-0 last Sunday.
Striker Harry Kane netted a hat-trick on that day and the England international will be looking to add to his goal tally in the league at the weekend.
At this moment in time, the north London club are sitting in third place on 50 points from their 25 matches.
By contrast, their opponents are comfortably in ninth place, having recorded 32 points from their matches this term.
Dropped points for the home side could see them move out of the top four if those around them pick up points during their matches.
In other Tottenham news, supporters have urged Mauricio Pochettino to sell this 23-year-old after his display against Gent.