Lawro predicts Spurs to beat Fulham

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BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will beat Fulham on Sunday.

He told BBC Sport Online: “Fulham had a good win at Wigan last week and had a bit more of a goal threat away from home than usual.

“This can be a funny fixture – there have been some mad results, with the Cottagers scoring four times in the first half in the FA Cup last season and Heurelho Gomes being badly at fault for a couple of goals in 2008 – but I’m still backing Tottenham to come out on top.

“I’ve always said that they are the team most likely to finish fourth this season but they might be thinking they can finish third with the way they are playing at the moment.

“As a five, the Spurs midfield and Rafael van der Vaart were absolutely brilliant against QPR on Sunday.

“Scott Parker is their insurance policy, which is great for Luka Modric because he can just go and play. Then you have Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale with unbelievable pace down the wing and the cleverness of Van der Vaart.

“Up front, Emmnauel Adebayor is still playing like he is in his honeymoon period, which has lasted a lot longer at Tottenham than it has done anywhere else. That says a lot about the way Harry Redknapp manages.

“Tottenham have been to Russia and back in the build up for a Europa League tie in midweek but many of their first-choice players were left at home so it should not affect them too much.

“Redknapp did not travel because of heart surgery but he hopes to be back in the dugout at Craven Cottage. Fingers crossed he will be all right and make a swift recovery.

“Prediction: 1-2.”

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