Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Man City v Tottenham
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Tottenham's showdown with Manchester City on Saturday night
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Tottenham to earn a 2-2 draw from their Premier League showdown with Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday night.
The Lilywhites head into the game in fine form and fresh from having thrashed West Brom 4-0 at White Hart Lane last weekend.
Indeed, Spurs have also beaten Premier League leaders Chelsea in recent weeks to boost their title hopes and move them up to second place in the top-flight table.
Tottenham will be hoping to inflict more misery on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after the Spaniard watched his side be thrashed 4-0 by Everton last weekend.
However, former Liverpool man Lawrenson is tipping the two teams to share the spoils in a thrilling 2-2 draw at The Etihad on Saturday night.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Tottenham are flying right now and I don’t think Jan Vertonghen’s injury will affect them because in Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies they have got a couple of potential replacements at the back.
“I like their 3-5-2 formation because it really suits their players and you could argue that, at the moment, they are the best team in the league.
“I would expect some improvement from Manchester City after last week’s heavy defeat against Everton but they are struggling defensively and this Spurs team will definitely create chances against them too.
“Put it this way, I can see there being a few goals at both ends.
“There has been a lot of debate about City’s £50m defender John Stones of late.
“Stones is a really good footballer who is a bit unlucky that Nicolas Otamendi is his centre-back partner, and City’s full-backs are not good enough.
“But Stones has got to start making good defensive decisions himself. He needs to become a defender who can manage the game, because City do not have one at the moment.”
Tottenham finished third in the Premier League table last season despite being Leicester City’s closest challengers for much of the campaign.