BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his score prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Spurs struggled against bottom of the table Norwich City last time out and were lucky to come away from Carrow Road with a point following a late Harry Kane penalty.
The club’s defensive issues have continued with both Canaries goals having come from errors by Spurs players, Jose Mourinho was critical of his defence after the game (Guardian).
Lawrenson believes that it will be Spurs who come away from St Mary’s with all three points whilst also keeping a rare clean sheet.
No side has kept fewer clean sheets in the Premier League than Tottenham this season (2), with only bottom side Norwich keeping as few. Since Mourinho took over as head coach from Mauricio Pochettino, no Premier League side has conceded more goals in all competitions than Spurs (17).
A win for Spurs will help to keep them in reach of Chelsea, who are in action at Brighton in the early kick-off.
He told the BBC: “Tottenham are a bit of a conundrum.
“It’s taken Jose Mourinho a lot longer to mould Spurs into the team he wants – and it may only really happen when he has brought in players he wants.
“I feel they do have so much quality that if they get it right against Southampton, who are on a nice little run, then they will win comfortably.
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