Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Tottenham v Chelsea
The former Liverpool legend is backing Tottenham to put Chelsea in full crisis mode at Wembley on Sunday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson believes Chelsea will slip into a crisis on Sunday after tipping Tottenham Hotspur to beat the defending champions at Wembley.
The Blues suffered a surprise 3-2 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge last weekend after Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were sent off in the Premier League opener.
Substitute Alvaro Morata scored a second-half header before David Luiz netted a late consolation goal as Chelsea slumped to an opening day defeat.
Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season in the first season under the management of Antonio Conte.
Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, eased to a comfortable 2-0 win against Newcastle United at St James’ Park last weekend to make a winning start to the season.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is backing Tottenham to ease to victory over the defending champions in their first game at Wembley in the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
“This is Tottenham’s first Premier League game at Wembley but it will not be quite the test that people were expecting when the fixtures came out,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“I just think Chelsea are all over the place, as we saw against Burnley last week.
“They are without suspended duo Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas after their red cards against the Clarets and Eden Hazard is not ready to return from injury yet.
“Pedro and Tiemoue Bakayoko are also injured and there is no end in sight to the Diego Costa saga either, with the striker still in Brazil. The situation with him is just absurd.
“So I am going to go for a Spurs win – if I am right, then Chelsea really are in crisis, aren’t they?
Chelsea finished seven points ahead of their closest title challenges Tottenham last season.”
The Blues have signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
Tottenham are still waiting to make their first summer signing but are being linked with a move to sign Ross Barkley.