‘Quality is not there’ – Mark Lawrenson shares his Tottenham v Arsenal score prediction

Mark Lawrenson
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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has shared his score prediction for this evening’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

The north London Derby is set to be one of the biggest games of the Premier League season so far, with both sides going toe-to-toe to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

The Gunners know that a win will be enough for them to seal a top-four finish while a draw will also be more of a benefit to themselves than their opponents.

Spurs, on the other hand, have to get all three points to narrow the gap with their local rivals to just two points going into the final two games of the season.

Lawrenson insisted that he does not expect the game to be of the highest quality because of what is at stake and the intensity with which it will be played.

While he did not think Mikel Arteta’s men will control the game, he backed them to play out a draw and retain the upper hand in the race for fourth.

The pundit told BBC Sport: “I am not really expecting a good match here in the usual sense because it will be played at 100mph but it will be a good one to watch even if the quality is not there.

“Tottenham are the team who have to win, but it is going to be interesting to see how Arsenal approach it. They don’t find it easy to control most games, let alone games like this one where there will be loads of bookings and maybe not much football played.

“I don’t actually think there will be that many goals either, and it is very hard to pick a winner. Prediction: 1-1.”

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The atmosphere for the game will likely be the best we have seen at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium so far. Arsenal are an inexperienced side and are capable of crumbling under the pressure of the occasion.

However, I do worry that they will grow in confidence the longer it remains 0-0 and the home crowd will start to get a little nervous. We desperately need an early goal to calm the nerves.

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