BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash against Brighton.
Both sides meet at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium desperate for three points in what are completely different priorities.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side can take advantage of Chelsea’s draw with Burnley last night along with Manchester United and Arsenal’s defeats over Easter to go one step further to cementing a place in the top four.
In contrast, Brighton who are coached by former Spur Chris Hughton are battling for Premier League survival and can extend their advantage over Cardiff City who occupy the final place in the relegation zone to six points.
Spurs will have to manage without Moussa Sissoko after the midfielder was ruled out for two weeks following the groin problem he suffered last Wednesday’s Champions League match at Manchester City.
Lawrenson has tipped Tottenham to take all three points this evening and expects them to do so without any drama.
He told BBC Sport: “Brighton got a good draw against Wolves on Saturday, and their superior goal difference means they are essentially four points above Cardiff.
“The Seagulls probably need one more win to stay up, because I cannot see the Bluebirds winning their final three games, but they are far more likely to get it against Newcastle this weekend than in north London.
“Tottenham have won all three of their games at their new stadium, and it is hard to see them slipping up here.
“It is always a big occasion for Brighton boss Chris Hughton when he goes back to Spurs, where he spent many years as a player and coach, but his Brighton side cannot score a goal at the moment – they have not managed one in their past six matches.
“Spurs have got their Champions League semi-final to think about as well as trying to secure a top-four place, but they look like they should get enough from their remaining games – even without Harry Kane.
“I was at Etihad Stadium on Saturday and, although Tottenham lost to City, they had enough chances to take at least a point.
“I would expect them to have plenty more opportunities against Brighton too. It should be a pretty straightforward evening for them.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.”
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