Mark Lawrenson on who will come out on top between Leicester and Spurs

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BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s return to Premier League action this weekend.

Following Wednesday night’s Champions League trip to Olympiacos, Spurs are once again on the road with a potentially tough encounter at Leicester City.

The Foxes have started the season well under manager Brendan Rodgers and currently sit in fifth place in the table.

Tottenham have thrown away a two-goal lead in their last two fixtures away from North London against Arsenal and Olympiacos.

Lawrenson believes that Tottenham will be held to a draw at the King Power Stadium which will leave Mauricio Pochettino’s side with just two victories from their opening six matches.

Spurs fans had seen a glimpse of the return of their free flowing football during the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace, but once again looked short of ideas in Athens when they once again tried to play too narrow in the final third of the pitch.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “I was surprised by Leicester’s lack of threat in their defeat at Manchester United last week.

“The Foxes were very neat and tidy, but there was not much of an end product, and they will have to put that right here.

“Tottenham have got their own issues, after throwing away a 2-0 lead against Olympiakos on Wednesday night.

“They did the same at Arsenal in the Premier League at the start of September and this time Mauricio Pochettino gave his side a bit of a shellacking afterwards.

“Spurs have been very up and down so far this season, but I don’t think they have too much to worry about – they are a good side, with some quality players.

“Sometimes you just start the season slowly – it happened to Liverpool sometimes in my time there – but the most important thing is how you finish the campaign, not how you start it.

“You just know Spurs are going to have a run where they win loads of games, but they might have to wait a bit longer to get up and running.

“Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.”

Opinion

A draw at Leicester would certainly be a frustrating result, but Lawrenson still believes that Spurs will hit top gear at some point this season.  Hopefully, it won’t happen too late and spoil our hopes of another top four finish.

 

 

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