BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has had his say on who he thinks will win the London derby between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Both sides meet tomorrow afternoon at the London Stadium having had contrasting starts to the new Premier League campaign.
Tottenham are enjoying their joint-best start to a season in recent years, while the Hammers have just seven points from their opening eight matches.
Mauricio Pochettino will again be without the services of Jan Veronghen, Dele Alli and Danny Rose due to respective hamstring and groin injuries. However, there is some positive news as Spurs look set to be boosted by the return of the midfield duo of Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele.
Spurs will be looking to silence the Hammers in what many consider to be their ‘cup final’ and the biggest game of the season.
Lawrenson believes that both sides will share the spoils. He told BBC Sport: Tottenham got the job done in their last game against Cardiff without being too easy on the eye, which has been the story of their season so far.
“Spurs have not been looking that impressive, but that does not matter as long as you keep getting results.
“I keep getting stopped in the street and asked “what is wrong with Liverpool’s front three?” but I just go “played eight, won six, drawn two – yeah, they’ve got massive problems”.
“This will be a tough game for Tottenham, though. West Ham’s revival was ended in their defeat by Brighton, but we know now what they are capable of and I think they are solid enough to hold Spurs.
“The key to that happening is for the Hammers to hold up Harry Kane. He was excellent for England against Spain, so it is West Ham’s turn to deal with him now.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-1”
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