Mark Lawrenson states prediction for Tottenham v Arsenal
Mark Lawrenson is going for a draw in Saturday afternoon's north London derby
Mark Lawrenson is tipping a score draw in Saturday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane.
West Ham United ended Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive six-game winning streak in the Premier League on Wednesday night after Michael Antionio scored a first-half half winner to seal a 1-0 victory.
I am going to go for a draw – the result that would suit leaders Leicester down to the ground
Arsene Wenger’s side were unable to capitalise on Tottenham’s setback as the Gunners suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat by Premier League strugglers Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham are three points behind leaders Leicester City but three points ahead of third-placed Arsenal ahead of Saturday’s derby.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes Leicester will be the real winners again this weekend after backing a 1-1 draw between Tottenham and Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
“It’s the same old story for Arsenal – they are just not good enough defensively to keep out the opposition when things are not happening for them up front,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“But Tottenham’s performance when they lost to West Ham on Wednesday was also worrying.
“The result itself was not that surprising, because I did not expect them to win at Upton Park, but the biggest problem was that they are going for the title and they basically did not turn up.
“After Arsenal went 1-0 up against Swansea, they should have gone on to win by three or four, but maybe I should not be too shocked that they didn’t – because they always let you down.
“Both teams have got some excellent players and, if they play as well as we know they can, they are both capable of winning.
“But I am going to go for a draw – the result that would suit leaders Leicester down to the ground.”
Mauricio Pochettino’s side secured a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League earlier this season.
Kieran Gibb’s second-half goal cancelled out Harry Kane’s opener at The Emirates.