Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has shared his score prediction for Tottenham’s Premier League meeting with Everton on Monday.
Spurs welcome the Toffees to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looking to shake off the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough during midweek.
Antonio Conte’s side are also looking to get back on track in the top-flight having lost four of their last six fixtures, which has put a significant dent in Spurs’ top-four hopes.
Visitors Everton are similarly hoping to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone after suffering a narrow and late defeat to league leaders City last weekend.
The toffees felt as if something could have been rescued from the encounter after appeals for a handball by Rodri in the penalty area were waved away by officials.
Despite both sides desperate for victory for their own reasons, Lawrenson believes an inconsistent Spurs will have enough to edge out their counterparts.
He told BBC Sport: “Everton have not been great in either of their two away games under Frank Lampard so far, losing at Newcastle and Southampton, so they will have do far better to get anything here.
“At the same time, it’s hard to know which Tottenham team will turn up on Monday night. Antonio Conte picked a strong side against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, but they never really got going.
“Conte has been in charge since the start of November but it is still hard to work out why they are so inconsistent. I don’t think they are the greatest defensively, but I am not sure what the issue is with them sometimes when they come forward.
“They are at home and with Everton’s poor form on their travels I am going with a Spurs win, but I am not exactly confident that is what will happen.”
Lawrenson’s prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Everton
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Tottenham need to regroup after that poor showing at Middlesbrough and put the performance behind them.
This is a chance to put three points on the board against a side battling against relegation, but as always, these are the games that could prove to be a banana skin if not approached properly.
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