BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will lose to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
He told BBC Sport Online: “This is a Tottenham team that just takes sides on, full stop. They have a lot of attacking options on the bench – better than any other side in the Premier League – but, defensively they can have a bad day.
“Villa boss Gerard Houllier changed things around a little bit in their last game, against West Brom, and will have been boosted by winning that – they badly needed it.
“Spurs remain on the fringes of the title race, and I just think the demands of the Champions League with the amount of games they have to play, means they will be found a little bit short in terms of making the top four.
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