Mark Lawrenson has shared his thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley.
While Spurs continue to be the highest placed London side in the Premier League table, both Arsenal and Chelsea have been biting at their heels to narrow the points margin.
Most Spurs fans are well aware that an unthinkable Gunners win would close the gap to just a single point and will certainly make for a nervy end to the campaign.
The BBC pundit believes that whilst Spurs are going through a patch of indifferent form, they will still have enough to finish in the top four once again come the season’s end.
Lawrenson cited the return to fitness of Harry Kane as a reason to why some of the players may have taken their eye off the ball in the recent defeats to Burnley and Chelsea.
He does however feel that it will be a case of the bragging rights being shared in North London with a goal scoring draw.
He told BBC Sport: “Tottenham have lost their past two games and, like I said before their defeat at Burnley last weekend, Harry Kane’s return from injury might have affected the mindset of one or two of their players.
“When a big player like that comes back, there is a tendency for everyone else to think: ‘We are going to be fine now.’ It is a strange dynamic, and it can affect performances and results.
“The shock was to see them lose at Burnley, not their defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday, but I never thought Spurs were in the title race anyway, and they are certainly not in it now.
“I don’t see Spurs dropping out of the top four, though, because I think their results will pick up. Dele Alli will be fit again soon too and it will not take long for Kane to get his match sharpness back.
“It is going to be a great battle for fourth spot between Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea and I don’t think it will be settled until the very end of the season.
“The Gunners come in to this game on the back of a couple of convincing home wins over Southampton and Bournemouth but they are always pretty strong at Emirates Stadium anyway.
“On the road, it is a different story and, taking that and and Spurs’ form into consideration, I think a draw is the most likely outcome – especially because this is a lunchtime game and they are usually pretty rubbish.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.”
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