Lawro predicts Spurs to beat Watford

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BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Tottenham Hotspur will beat Watford in the FA Cup tie tonight.

Lawro believes that Spurs will just edge past their Championship opponents in a tight 1-2 encounter at Vicarage Road.

He told BBC Sport Online: “The spotlight will be on Tottenham because manager Harry Redknapp has been in court this week for his tax evasion trial rather than on the training ground.

“But he will pick the Spurs team on Friday night and I don’t think him being away will make much difference because, in Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond, he has lieutenants who he can trust to get on with things.

“I am not sure what sort of side Redknapp will go with – maybe a mix-and-match from the teams we have seen them play in the Premier League and Europa League this season, with some established players and some new faces – but I think they will get through this tie.

“Watford have lost three on the bounce in the Championship and they are also going to face a battle to keep hold of defender Adrian Mariappa this month, because there is a lot of interest in him from Premier League sides.

“Lawro’s prediction: 1-2.”

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