BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction for Sunday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
Victory for Tottenham would see them jump above their London rivals into fourth place in the Premier League table on goal difference.
Daniel Levy’s appointment of Jose Mourinho has seen him take Spurs from fourteenth to fifth in a remarkable run of form after replacing Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in poor form having lost four of their last five Premier League matches (W1) – as many as they had in their previous 24 in the competition (W14 D6 L4). The Blues haven’t lost three consecutive Premier League games since November 2015
Lawrenson has tipped Jose Mourinho to get one over his old side and also believes that they will keep a clean sheet.
Mourinho has won 12 and lost none of his 13 home games in all competitions against sides he’s previously managed, including winning all three against Chelsea (once with Inter Milan, twice with Manchester United).
He told BBC Sport: “Jose Mourinho faces Chelsea for the first time as Tottenham manager, knowing a win will send his new side above them and into fourth spot.
“Blues boss Frank Lampard has done a very good job far and, as well as being easy on the eye, Chelsea have played very well at times this season.
“But there are still occasions when they are not quite at it, which you can put down to their manager’s inexperience.
“There is no love lost between these two teams, and no-one has ever been able to tell me why the two sets of fans detest each other so much.
“I think it is Spurs who will get bragging rights this weekend but, even if they do not win this game, they are certainly back in the race for the Champions League places now.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.”
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