Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v West Ham, delivers title verdict
By Dominic Toner
Mark Lawrenson has backed Tottenham to beat West Ham on Friday, but feels that winning the title is now beyond them.
Spurs travel to the London Stadium in the Premier League and will move just a point behind leaders Chelsea if they pick up a win.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are hot on the heels of Chelsea ahead of the final four games and have the psychological edge of playing first, with the Blues not in action until Monday at home to Middlesbrough.
Spurs have won their last nine consecutive matches in the top-flight and have managed to create an exciting climax to the title race.
Meanwhile, West Ham’s season has petered out and they have struggled to match their seventh-placed finish from last season.
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The Hammers are 15th-placed in the league table and have drawn their last thee consecutive games.
BBC pundit Lawrenson has predicted Spurs to continue their winning run over their London rivals, but claims that the title is now beyond them.
“West Ham have only won one of their past 11 games and speculation over manager Slaven Bilic’s future does not look like it is going away,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport. “Tottenham, meanwhile, just keep on winning – if they pick up three points at the London Stadium, it would be their 10th victory in a row.
“Spurs don’t concede many goals and the way they are winning is very impressive, as well as the results themselves. It is very difficult not to back them at the moment.”
He added: “I still think the title is beyond Tottenham because I do not see Chelsea slipping up – but I don’t see Mauricio Pochettino’s side dropping points either.”
Spurs are the in-form team in the division and have become a formidable side under Pochettino.
However, they only just edged past West Ham 3-2 in the previous meeting this campaign and it took a late brace from Harry Kane to secure the points.
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