BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League match against Southampton.
Jose Mourinho’s side make the trip to the south coast looking for their first win in the top flight this season following the disappointing 1-0 defeat to Everton last weekend.
Southampton also head into the match on the back of a loss having gone down by a similar scoreline at Crystal Palace.
Lawrenson believes that it is rare for Mourinho to lose consecutive matches and expects a reaction following the lethargic performance of some of his players against Everton.
St Mary’s was a scene of frustration for Spurs on New Year’s Day after Harry Kane tore his left hamstring in the loss (AS).
The former Liverpool player has backed Tottenham to bounce back with a victory whilst also claiming that the arrival of Gareth Bale will represent a huge boost to the dressing room.
He told BBC Sport: “If Gareth Bale signs in time to play for Tottenham then this is almost the perfect fixture for him to come back to, involving another of his former clubs.
“Bale is going to be an excellent signing, and he is the kind of player that will lift the whole dressing room when he walks through the door.
“Even without him, though, I’d back Spurs here. They were poor against Everton and I found what Jose Mourinho said afterwards about their “lazy pressing” very strange, but I’d expect a reaction from them here.
“Mourinho very rarely loses consecutive games and Southampton are hardly in top form either.
“Not just because they lost to Crystal Palace, but more because they barely laid a glove on them in that game.
“Lawro’s prediction: 0-2.”
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