Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Watford
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted a comfortable victory for Tottenham in Saturday afternoon’s clash against Watford.
The north London club are currently preparing to host the club from Hertfordshire at White Hart Lane in the early kick-off.
When the two sides met in January at Vicarage Road, Spurs earned themselves a very convincing 4-1 win with Harry Kane and Dele Alli both grabbing two goals for themselves, while former defender Younes Kaboul’s effort proved a late consolation.
Tottenham will be missing star Kane this time around, but Lawrenson believes they will still have enough to win, predicting a 2-0 victory for the home side.
“Tottenham’s late comeback to beat Swansea underlined how they just keep going and don’t give up, which is a great thing for any team to have about them,” told Lawrenson to the BBC Sport website.
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“People thought Mauricio Pochettino’s side would struggle for goals without the injured Harry Kane, but they have now scored seven in three games without him, and have won all of them too.
“I don’t think it will be easy for Tottenham on Saturday – Watford showed that by beating in-form West Brom on Tuesday.
“The Hornets will put up more of a fight than they did when Spurs brushed them aside at Vicarage Road on New Year’s Day, and they cannot be any worse defensively than they were that day, but it is hard to see them stopping this Tottenham side.
“Spurs’ title hopes are reliant on Chelsea slipping up – but a second-place finish would be a great achievement and more progress for them. They are still in the FA Cup as well, of course, and they just have to keep plugging away.”
Extraordinarily, when Tottenham last beat Watford they had just moved up to fourth place with 10 points separating them from league leaders Chelsea while Liverpool and Arsenal also sat ahead of them with four and a point more.
Now, the Blues are still sat a strong seven points clear at the top, but Spurs have now opened up a gap between themselves and the rest as they sit in second place, five points ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s men in third.
Fierce rivals Arsenal are also struggling now and Tottenham are 11 points ahead of the Gunners with just eight games of the season left.
In other Tottenham news, here is the expected Spurs line-up to face Watford.