Mark Lawrenson shares his Aston Villa vs Tottenham prediction

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Mark Lawrenson
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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has had his say ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Aston Villa this evening in the Premier League.

Tottenham come into the match having experienced one of their worst weeks in living memory having lost the North London derby to Arsenal at the Emirates followed by the embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.

Jose Mourinho’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now solely rest on the prospect of finishing in the top four, which seems like a mammoth task based on current form.

Tottenham have lost nine of their 28 Premier League games so far this season, Mourinho has never suffered as many as 10 defeats in a single league campaign in his career.

Lawrenson believes that Spurs will bounce back to winning ways at Villa Park and will once again look to play a counter attacking style.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “I am at this game for BBC Radio 5 live, and I am not really sure what to expect from Aston Villa. They have been up and down for a few weeks now, and have only won one of their past six games.

“Mind you, it’s not easy to predict what Tottenham will do either. Their performance – or lack of one – against Arsenal was very strange after their good form leading up to it. They were very disappointing.

“Son Heung-min’s injury is a blow for Spurs too, but whether he is fit or not, I don’t see their approach changing too much here. Jose Mourinho will sit in again and try to pinch something – and it might work.

“Lawro’s prediction: 1-2.”

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