BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League fixture against West Ham United.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be looking to take the maximum three points to further strengthen the third place position which they occupy in the league.
West Ham will certainly be relishing the prospect of trying to cause an upset and become the first side to take points off Spurs at their new 62,062 seater stadium.
Lawrenson believes that Pochettino will pick a strong side for the London derby, despite the fact that they face Ajax in the first leg of the Champions League semi final on Tuesday evening.
Tottenham are looking to complete their first league double over West Ham since the 2012-13 campaign, having won 1-0 at the London Stadium back in October courtesy of a first half goal from Erik Lamela.
Heung-min Son and Vincent Janssen will both be hoping to feature against the Hammers with neither available for the European tie.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Tottenham left it very late against Brighton on Tuesday but that win – and other results for the teams just below them – has put them in a strong position to finish in the top four.
“There is still work for them to do, though. Like Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino’s side also have a Champions League semi-final to think about – against Ajax on Tuesday – but they have to pick a strong line-up here.
“West Ham carry a threat but they are very inconsistent, and I think Spurs will get the three points they need.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.”
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