BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against West Ham United tomorrow afternoon.
It has been all change in North London during the international break with Jose Mourinho coming in to replace Mauricio Pochettino as manager of the Champions League finalists.
Mourinho will be looking to hit the ground running against the Hammers with three points in demand for both sides who are looking to climb out of the bottom half of the Premier League table.
Spurs find themselves in the unfamiliar position of fourteenth in the table and are already eleven points adrift of fourth placed Manchester City.
Tottenham have won three of their last five away league games against West Ham (L2), including the last two in a row. They’ve won never won three consecutive top-flight away games against the Hammers.
Lawrenson has claimed that the appointment of Mourinho is a gamble and will have to make do with a point at the London Stadium.
He told BBC Sport: “I think appointing Mourinho as manager is a gamble for Tottenham, I really seriously do.
“They have replaced a very popular manager with someone who, after his time at Manchester United, we are not quite sure if we have seen the best of him already.
Will it affect the way Tottenham play? Well, they probably won’t be as expansive as they were under Mauricio Pochettino.
But, whatever happens long term, on Saturday Mourinho will give them a lift straight away – he is a different voice, and gives them a fresh approach.
It is going to be interesting to see the way Spurs play, and I don’t mean just in terms of their performance against West Ham. I mean in the subtle changes that he might make, if any, to their shape and their playing style.
Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
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