Mark Lawrenson on whether Spurs can beat Southampton


Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action tomorrow after the highs of their Champions League heroics on Tuesday night.

A reunion on the south coast awaits Mauricio Pochettino as he makes the trip to Southampton, where he managed between 2013/2014 before taking up the managerial reigns at White Hart Lane.

After recovering from ankle ligament damage, Harry Kane is back among the goals.  The Spurs striker has scored in each of his last four Premier League meetings with Southampton, netting six goals in total. He’s also scored in each of his last three against them at St Mary’s Stadium.

Spurs will be looking to put their poor recent run of form in the top flight behind them which has seen them only pick up a single point from a maximum of nine available which has effectively ended their hopes of a late challenge for the title.

Lawrenson believes that Spurs will get back to winning ways.

He told the BBC: “Tottenham will have to do without manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline because he starts his ban, but I don’t think it will matter too much against his old club.

“Spurs got a great result against Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday, especially after they had dropped a few points in the Premier League in recent weeks.

“Southampton played well at Old Trafford last weekend, but it ended in a glorious defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

“The problem for Saints is that, despite a very good performance, it was a defeat.

“They have only won one of their past six games – with that victory coming against Fulham – and I can’t see them ending that run this weekend.

“Lawro’s prediction: 1-2.”

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