Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham’s return to Premier League action against Leeds United today.
The encounter at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set to be Antonio Conte’s first home league game in charge of the club since being appointed over two weeks ago.
He oversaw his first league match at the helm against Everton before November’s international break, but could only see his side come away with a 0-0 draw in a lacklustre encounter at Goodison Park.
The Italian has since been using the pause in domestic action to work with the players not selected for international duty, fine-tuning them into his preferred system ahead of Sunday’s visit of Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who currently sit in 15th, have undergone a tough opening couple of months to the campaign.
The Whites have found themselves to be dealing with injury problems, namely Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling, who have been absent since mid-September after the pair suffered setbacks in the 1-1 draw against Newcastle.
Both Spurs and Leeds exchanged home wins against each other last season, but BBC pundit Lawrenson expects the North London outfit to claim the points in the weekend’s outing in N17.
He told BBC Sport: “Leeds are another team who I think are lacking something defensively.
“Tottenham manager Antonio Conte still hasn’t had much chance to work with his players since he took charge at the start of the month but they should create plenty of chances here. If Harry Kane is firing, they will win comfortably enough.
Lawrenson’s prediction: 2-0
Spurs Web Opinion:
Leeds haven’t been their usual selves this season and have had their own problems to deal with, but with Spurs being at home, this should be a win for Conte’s men.
The side has some catching up to do to the rest, and this is a good fixture after the break to begin the fight-back.
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