The north London side suffered a blow to their title ambitions as they lost 1-0 to Leicester City in north London on Wednesday night.
Spurs have been one of the Premier League’s most consistent teams so far this season and currently sit in fourth place in the table heading into Saturday’s game.
And former Liverpool man Lawrenson is fully expecting to see Mauricio Pochettino’s men return to winning ways when they host Sam Allardyce’s struggling Black Cats at White Hart Lane in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Losing so late on against Leicester on Wednesday night was a big blow to Tottenham, but I still think they have got a great chance of finishing in the top four.
“I have heard a lot of people asking ‘why can’t Spurs win the league?’ in the past couple of weeks, but they draw too many games for that – they have drawn as many as they have won.
“Sunderland got a great win at relegation rivals Swansea and will be buoyed by that, but the last thing they needed was for Spurs to be beaten by the Foxes because I think we will see a reaction to that defeat from Mauricio Pochettino’s men.”
Despite their impressive position in the table, Tottenham have only won four of their last 10 Premier League games and will be desperate to return to winning ways on Saturday.
Spurs, who finished fifth last season, have suffered two defeats in their last six games.
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