BBC football ‘pundit’ Mark Lawrenson has had his say on who he thinks will win the Premier League encounter between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.
Last time out, Lawro predicted that Tottenham would beat Everton 2-0, when in fact it ended up as a 4-0 win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The omens look good for Spurs, Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Southampton, including a hat-trick in the reverse fixture at Wembley; he has also scored twice and assisted once in three matches at St. Mary’s.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport online: “Tottenham are ticking along nicely at the moment – since their defeat by Manchester City in December, they have taken 13 points out of a possible 15 and a number of their players have hit form.
“Southampton, in contrast, have not won any of their past 10 games but they should have beaten Watford last time out and I was impressed by how calmly Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino reacted to the Hornets’ 90th-minute handball equaliser.
“Pellegrino badly needs a win soon, because he might not get too much longer to turn things around – but I don’t see him getting it this weekend.
“Whatever happens, I hope Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino gets a good reception at St Mary’s Stadium, where he did a fabulous job. He deserves some appreciation.
“Lawro’s prediction: 0-2.”
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