Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League match against Newcastle United this evening.
Spurs make the trip to the north east needing all three points to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the Europa League having realistically missed out on a fifth successive Champions League campaign after what has been a disappointing season for the North Londoners.
Steve Bruce’s side are looking to record their first Premier League double over Spurs since 2015-16, following their 1-0 surprise win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in August with Joelinton netting what has proven to be a rare goal.
Newcastle will be without loan signing Danny Rose with the left-back ineligible to feature against his parent club.
Lawrenson believes that it will be Spurs who will secure the win at St James’ Park against a Magpies side who are without a win in their last three matches.
He told BBC Sport: “Newcastle have lost their past two games, against Manchester City and Watford, and they are safe in mid-table with not a great deal to play for.
“Tottenham won the north London derby at the weekend, but to say it was a unconvincing victory is probably the fairest way of summing it up.
“Spurs have got a lot of work to do if they want to get nearer the top two next season, but with Harry Kane in their side, they always carry a goal threat.
“The worry there is that someone might come in for Kane and say to him ‘look, come and play for a team who try to win games’ because I don’t imagine playing up front for Spurs is too much fun at the moment – he is being fed off scraps.
“Plus, we have seen before with Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick that, if players want to leave and a big enough offer is received, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to sell.
“Lawro’s prediction: 0-2.”
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