BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Arsenal this afternoon.
The North London rivals meet for the first time at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what could prove to be a vital game in who qualifies for European football next season.
Spurs go into the game having struggled to pose an attacking threat in each of their last two matches against Everton and Bournemouth.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five home league games against Arsenal (W3 D2), while Jose Mourinho has never lost a home game against Arsenal in his career, winning five and drawing four of his nine games – only versus Everton and Man Utd (both 10 games) has he faced more often at home without ever losing.
Lawrenson has backed Tottenham to secure the North London bragging rights with a victory against Mikel Arteta’s side along with keeping their third successive clean sheet.
He told BBC Sport: “Both of these teams are in mid-table, and only on the fringes of the race for the Champions League spots – who would have thought that at the start of the season?
“I think that says it all about where they are at right now. They both have flaws, but I’d still say Spurs are more solid.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.”
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