BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture between Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel to the south coast in third place and a win against the Cherries would be pivotal in retaining their current position in the table come the end of the season.
Spurs enjoy a two-point advantage over Chelsea and four points ahead of North London rivals in fifth place. However, to make their top four aspirations a reality, they must vastly rectify their away form.
Until the end of January, Tottenham had won more away games (11), more away points (33) and scored more away goals (30) than any other Premier League side this season. Since then, they’re one of just two sides not to earn a single point on the road along with Huddersfield (L5).
Lawrenson believes that Tottenham will take all three points from the game ahead of their second leg clash against Ajax on Wednesday night.
He told the BBC: “It will be interesting to see how Tottenham go into this game. They are 1-0 down in their Champions League semi-final against Ajax, with an away leg to come on Wednesday, and they are also one win away from securing a top-four finish to get back in the competition next year.
“All of the teams chasing third and fourth have been all over the place in recent weeks, including Spurs who lost at home to West Ham last time out.
“Drop any more points here and things could get a bit jittery for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who host Everton in their final league game of the season.
But I actually think they will do all right against Bournemouth – the Cherries always concede a lot of goals and an open game will suit Spurs, who will have Son Heung-min back after his European suspension.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-2.”
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