Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Tottenham v Stoke
The Liverpool legend is backing Tottenham to secure a much-needed win over Stoke at Wembley on Saturday evening
Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to get over their blip with a much-needed win against Stoke City at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs were talked up as potential Premier League title challengers earlier this season following an impressive start to the season.
Indeed, the Lilywhites laid down a marker with a 4-1 win against top-six rivals Liverpool at Wembley back in October.
However, Tottenham suffered a 1-0 loss to second-placed Manchester United at Old Trafford at the end of October following Anthony Martial’s late winner.
Spurs responded with a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Wembley but the north London side lost 2-0 to bitter rivals Arsenal in the derby at the Emirates Stadium at the start of November.
Tottenham have failed to win a Premier League game since their derby loss following stalemates with West Brom and Watford either side of a 2-1 defeat at 2015 champions Leicester City.
Spurs have managed to beat Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia during their difficult run of domestic results to keep spirits somewhat elevated.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is backing Tottenham to beat Stoke at Wembley on Saturday to make a swift return to winning ways.
“Stoke came from 1-0 down against Swansea to get a much-needed win, and stop their slide a little bit,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Tottenham’s form in the Champions League has been impressive and although they have dropped some points in the Premier League recently, I only see that as a blip – nothing more.
“I’ve heard a few theories about why Spurs have been stuttering but I think it is fair to say that some of their players just have not reached the heights they did last season.
“We have seen flashes from them of course, because they are outstanding players, but they are just not in form at the moment. That happens, and it can change very quickly.”
Tottenham finished in second place in the Premier League table last term.