BBC Football pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction on the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
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Tottenham’s away record has been decent this season, with one defeat suffered at the hands of Manchester United.
On paper, we have the better side. Kane, Winks, Lloris and Dele should all return to the starting line up for a match that I used to dread for a couple of decades.
However, the power shift in North London is turning in our favour under Mauricio Pochettino and I’m confident we can come away with all three points. We’re better all over the park.
He told BBC Sport Online: “This feels like a strange game to start us off again after two weeks without the Premier League.
“There has still been plenty of hype about it, but I think there would have been more without the international break.
“Will that hype be justified? Probably not. I have a feeling both teams will cancel each other out, and both of them will be happy enough with a point.
“Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unhappy with the decisions that went against his side in their defeat by Manchester City last time out, but I was there – and City deserved to win.
“Tottenham won their last game before the international break, against Crystal Palace, but they made hard work of it.
“They will be better this weekend, though, because Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks will all be back after missing out on England duty through injury.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.”
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