Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Swansea, believes this team is all over the place
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has backed Tottenham to beat relegation threatened Swansea 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson labelled the Welsh club as a team who are “all over the place” at the back following their astonishing 5-4 win against Crystal Palace last Saturday.
Bob Bradley’s side scored two stoppage time goals to claim a famous win against their relegation rivals at the Liberty Stadium.
By contrast, Spurs were beaten for the first time in the Premier League when London rivals Chelsea came from a goal down to inflict a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Nonetheless, BBC pundit Lawrenson gave his thoughts on the weekend fixture as he explained why he thinks the home side will come away with all three points.
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“Last weekend’s defeat by Chelsea was the first of the season for Spurs in the Premier League but they had drawn a lot of games before then and have won just one of their last six league games,” Lawrenson told the BBC Sport website.
“Swansea ended their long winless run against Palace last time out, but they were obviously still all over the place at the back.
“So, this seems to be the ideal game for Tottenham, who need a win to find their feet again.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are fifth in the league with 24 points from 13 games, seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Their opponents are struggling in the league under new manager Bradley. They are in the relegation zone with nine points from their 13 encounters, two points from safety.
Swansea hold the joint worst defensive record in the league this season with Crystal Palace, having conceded 26 goals, including four last weekend.
However, Spurs boast the best defensive record in the league this season, alongside Chelsea, with the London duo conceding ten goals apiece.
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