Mark Lawrenson predicts Stoke v Tottenham

Mark Lawrenson backs Tottenham to beat Stoke City 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to take another big step towards a top four finish by claiming a 2-0 win at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.

Spurs were in impressive form last weekend when they secured a solid 3-1 victory at Chelsea FC to significantly bolster their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Two goals from Dele Alli and one from Christian Eriksen handed Spurs a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge and left them fourth in the Premier League table.

Tottenham are currently eight points ahead of Chelsea FC with seven games left to play this season and they will be hoping to continue their march towards Champions League qualification by beating the Potters this weekend.

Stoke are struggling for consistent form and were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal at The Emirates last weekend.

And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is tipping Spurs to claim all three points at the bet365 Stadium this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, former Reds man Lawrenson said: “This is a big game for Stoke, who have lost their past three matches and are stuck in the bottom three.

“After this weekend, they only have two home games left – against Crystal Palace and Swansea – and their away form is dreadful, so you would think they definitely need to get something out of this one.

“The question is how can they do it? At the risk of repeating myself every time I speak about the Potters, I don’t know who is going to score the goals they need.

“They have only managed four goals in the past eight games, and Xherdan Shaqiri has got three of them. They desperately need more from their strikers.

“Tottenham got a super result against Chelsea last time out, especially because it was the Blues who looked more like winning until Christian Eriksen equalised.

“It was a big deal for Spurs to go on and win it after waiting 28 years for a victory at Stamford Bridge and they had more good news with Harry Kane coming back from injury.

“Kane will be even closer to full fitness after another week of training and it is safe to say that goals are something that this Spurs team does not lack.”

Tottenham will be hoping to finish in the top four this season as they look to bring Champions League football to the new White Hart Lane for next term.

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