Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham’s clash against Chelsea

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Mark Lawrenson has backed Tottenham Hotspur to hold Chelsea to a draw when the Blues visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for an all-important London derby tomorrow evening.

There appears to be plenty of doom and gloom around the North London club at the moment after they suffered back to back defeats against Liverpool and Brighton.

The team has struggled to create chances in the three halves of football they have played without Harry Kane after the striker picked up a double ankle injury.

Chelsea come into the derby relatively high in confidence, with the Blues picking up four points in their first two league games under Thomas Tuchel since the German replaced Frank Lampard at the helm.

A win for the Blues would bring them level on points with Tottenham in the table, although Jose Mourinho’s men do have a game in hand.

Lawrenson believes that the spoils will be shared between the two clubs under the lights in North London.

The pundit told BBC Sport: “This is Thomas Tuchel’s biggest test so far as Chelsea manager, even with Tottenham on a poor run of form.

“It seems to be the same old story with Spurs – Harry Kane gets injured, and they are not the same team without him.

“Gareth Bale’s arrival last September was meant to help change that, but he looks a shadow of his former self.

“Bale has lost that zip which was his trademark and when I watch him play, it doesn’t really seem like he is enjoying it. 1-1.”

Spurs Web Opinion

A draw on Thursday will be a good result for us considering that the players look completely lacking in confidence at the moment. However, I certainly would not put it beyond us to get a win by defending deep and hitting them on the counter. As always with us this season, the first goal will be extremely crucial.

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