BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will lose at Manchester City on Sunday.
Last time out, Lawro incorrectly predicted a Spurs win against Wolves – when in fact it ended up as a disappointing 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
He told BBC Sport Online: “This fixture has always had a lot riding on it in the last couple of years. I was at the Etihad Stadium when Peter Crouch got the winner to put Tottenham in the Champions League in 2010, and of course Crouch’s own goal at the end of last season meant Manchester City did the same 12 months later.
“I do feel that City are having a tough time at the moment – their manager Roberto Mancini is getting loads of stick for brandishing imaginary red cards and they are still missing some key players like Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure – so beating Wigan on Monday was a big win for them.
“Emmanuel Adebayor cannot play for Spurs under the terms of his loan from City, which will probably compensate for them not having Kompany at the back.
“Tottenham have the best midfield in the Premier League but I think Mancini will change his team to cope with that and I just think that City might sneak this.
“But if Spurs do lose on Sunday, I still see them staying within sight of City at the top of the table. They have got too many good players who can create chances for them not to keep on picking up points, and they will bounce back really quickly from any defeat.
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