Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of this afternoon’s North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.
Arsenal are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and are currently struggling for form having only won one of their last five top flight matches.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games against Arsenal (W4 D2) since a 0-1 loss in March 2014. It’s their longest unbeaten home league run against the Gunners since a run of nine between January 1960 and January 1968.
Jose Mourinho will be looking for a vast improvement from the field which took to the field in Thursday night’s 3-3 draw in Austria against LASK.
Lawrenson believes that Tottenham are the better of the two sides will secure the bragging rights from the derby whilst also keeping a clean sheet to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League table.
He told BBC Sport: “Tottenham are a better side than Arsenal, a more reliable side and they are superior defensively which is in large part down to the manager and his philosophy.
“Jose Mourinho’s forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have also been the best two in the league bar anybody, and will give the Gunners defence a tough time assuming Kane is fit.
“Arsenal don’t seem to have leaders at the moment – so when the going gets tough they don’t going.
“Their new signing Thomas Partey looked a player in midfield, but just as he got started he got injured. They really miss him.
“And in attack, since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed his contract… has he been away? It’s just that one goal since the start of November.
“It’s a derby with that added incentive, but without much of a crowd it’ll be a strange one.”
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
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