BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will lose to Arsenal on Saturday.
He told BBC Sport Online: “Local derbies are horrible to play in, anyone who says they enjoy playing in them is lying. Everyone is on edge because you do not want to be beaten. The only way you enjoy playing in a derby match is if you win because then you have bragging rights until you play again.
“I think the Champions League fixtures the following week are going to be a factor in this game. Tottenham are within touching distance of qualifying for the next round but they probably need another win, whereas Arsenal are in a stronger position in Group H and are almost guaranteed to progress.
“There is also the decisive factor of home advantage for Arsenal, particularly considering the number of chances they create at the Emirates Stadium. It is tough going to the Gunners because the home side have the ball for most of the game, and with players like Samir Nasri starting to show just how good they are, they have the capability of hurting the opposition.
“The problem for Tottenham is they play open attacking football, which is great to watch but when you go to Arsenal you can’t get away with playing that way.
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