Mark Lawrenson on whether Spurs will come out on top against Newcastle United

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Dom Le Roy

BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Both sides meet at Wembley Stadium tomorrow lunchtime with Spurs looking to close the gap on second placed Manchester City, who are currently two points ahead.

Newcastle come into the match high on confidence following their impressive 2-1 win against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Spurs have lost just one of their last 26 home Premier League games in February (W18 D7), a 0-4 defeat to Manchester United in 2007.

Heung-min Son made a significant difference to Tottenham’s attacking threat when he returned to the starting line up against Watford on Wednesday night and fans will be hoping that he is fresh enough to feature again following his recent exertions for South Korea at the Asian Cup.

Lawrenson believes it will be a case of two dropped points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side with them being held to a score draw.

He told BBC Sport: “Newcastle got an excellent win against Manchester City on Tuesday, but it did leave me looking at the Magpies players and wondering where that type of performance has been all season?

“That is the one thing I always wonder about teams that pull out results like that against the top sides.

“I know City didn’t play well but it is a little bit bizarre when you compare Newcastle’s display to some of their other home games this season.

“Tottenham, meanwhile, left it late to come back and beat Watford but it was one of their best results for a while when you consider the players they had missing.

“I think Spurs will find it tough going again on Saturday.

“That win over City was such a good one for Newcastle that it would not surprise me if they did something similar at Wembley, sitting in to nick a point.

“Last season, when the Magpies got a very good result they followed it up by stringing a little run together and I can see something similar happening here.

“Prediction: 1-1.”

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