Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Tottenham v Newcastle
The Liverpool FC legend is tipping Spurs to make a swift return to winning ways against Newcastle at Wembley on Wednesday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to return to winning ways against Newcastle United at Wembley on Wednesday night.
Spurs suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to 20th-placed West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday to hand the momentum to Chelsea FC in the top-four race.
Antonio Conte’s men seized their chance to bolster their hopes of securing a Champions League spot next season after a 1-0 win over Liverpool FC.
January signing Olivier Giroud scored a first-half winner against the Champions League finalists to move Chelsea FC to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham.
Spurs will welcome Newcastle to Wembley in their mid-week fixture as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to make a swift return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Newcastle have lost their last three Premier League games but the Magpies could produced an inspired performance at Wembley.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is tipping Spurs to ease to a resounding 3-0 win over Newcastle at the home of English football.
“West Brom were really cute with their approach in their win over Tottenham on Saturday,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“The Baggies played as if they were the away team and gave Spurs no space whatsoever, either to run in behind or in midfield.
“As much as Newcastle will want to do the same, I don’t think they will have the mind-set to pull it off.
“They were pretty insipid in the first half of their defeat by Watford at the weekend and Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez does not have enough players to seriously change his team, and their attitude.
“The Magpies’ target was safety this season. They have achieved what they needed to do and they are almost in holiday mode now.”
Tottenham are looking to secure a top-four finish for the third consecutive season under Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to miss out on a chance to win their first trophy under Pochettino.