Mark Lawrenson on whether Spurs will return to winning ways against Watford

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Dom Le Roy

BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has revealed his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Watford.

Spurs return to Premier League action with the visit of the Hornets to Wembley with Mauricio Pochettino’s side looking to put the disappointing cup exits behind them.

After being knocked out of both domestic cup competitions in the space of four days, Spurs must dust themselves off and return to winning ways to continue their push for a top four finish in the Premier League.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven home games against Watford in all competitions (W6 D1) since a 2-3 loss in a League Cup match in October 1994.

The lilywhites have lost their last two home league games, last losing three in a row in September 2008. They last lost three in a row at home within the same season in February 2007.

Lawrenson has predicted more problems for Spurs by claiming that they will fail to pick up all three points.

He told BBC Sport: “I completely agree with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino that finishing in the top four is more important than winning a domestic cup competition for his club at the moment.

“The last thing Spurs want is to move into their brand new, state-of-the-art stadium and not be in next season’s Champions League. Winning the Carabao Cup would not have made up for that.

“This is a tough time for Pochettinho because he is still missing some big hitters through injury but Heung-min Son is back and available after South Korea were knocked out of the Asian Cup.

“Even so, I think this is a tricky game for Spurs and I would not be surprised if they dropped some points.

“Watford are on a good run at the moment, and also beat them at Vicarage Road earlier in the season. They will also be refreshed after making 11 changes for their FA Cup win over Newcastle.

“Prediction: 1-1.”

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