Mark Lawrenson shares his prediction ahead of Spurs v Crystal Palace

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Mark Lawrenson
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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

Last time out, Lawrenson predicted that Spurs would beat Fulham 2-0, when in fact it ended up as a 1-0 victory for the away side.

Tottenham head into the match against Roy Hodgson’s side having won back-to-back top flight games for the first time since winning four in a row in November. They had lost five of their previous six league games before this.

Lawrenson has tipped Jose Mourinho’s men to continue their recent run of form and also keep a clean sheet.

Tottenham are looking to close gap on the top four and are currently five points behind fourth-place Chelsea, although the North Londoners do have a game in hand on their rivals.

Mourinho will have to decide whether he shuffles his squad following the clash at Craven Cottage with a Europa League tie against Dinamo Zagreb to follow four days after facing Palace.

He told BBC Sport: “Crystal Palace have gone three games unbeaten now, and the five points they have picked up in that time have been really important. Mathematically they aren’t safe of course, but you look at them and know they are not going to get relegated now – the pressure is off.

It’s hard to know what to expect from Tottenham these days, as we found out against Fulham in midweek when they had to hang on to take the points.

“But if they play like they can do, and let their attacking players off the leash like they did when they beat Burnley last weekend then they should win this game.

“The best part of this Spurs team are their three forwards – Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale – so they might as well go for it, because playing more pragmatically has not worked for them.

“Lawro’s prediction: 2-0.”

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