Mark Lawrenson predicts West Brom v Tottenham

Mark Lawrenson is backing Spurs to beat West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday

Mauricio Pochettino
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Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to take another big step towards a top-four finish in the Premier League by beating West Brom 2-0 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Lilywhites are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table as they look to try and secure their place in the Champions League for next season.

The north London side boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification with victory over Watford last week, and Mauricio Pochettino’s men will now be looking to get over the line and secure a top-four spot.

Tottenham are having to settle for a trophyless campaign once again after they were beaten by Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley last month.

However, the Lilywhites will be looking to end the season on a high by securing Champions League football for their first season at their new stadium at White Hart Lane next term.

And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is not expecting Spurs to have any trouble against the Baggies at The Hawthorns this weekend.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “I have not called West Brom ‘in-form’ for a while but the results just keep coming for the Baggies under caretaker boss Darren Moore.

“There is speculation that player power is the reason Puel’s job is under threat at Leicester but it appears that it played its part in Alan Pardew’s struggles as Baggies boss too.

“What other conclusion could you possibly draw from their upturn in form since Pardew left?

“Moore has done brilliantly but you have to be very careful before you give him the job permanently.

“His situation now is very different to how it would be in the summer, because at the moment there is absolutely no pressure on him or his team.

“This is where the Baggies revival ends, though. They need to win to have any chance of staying up, but I see them being beaten by Tottenham.

“Spurs are almost certain of a top-four place after their win against Watford on Monday and they will be home and hosed if they win this game too.”

Tottenham are still aiming to win their first trophy under Pochettino despite their impressive form in recent seasons.

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