Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Arsenal v Tottenham
The Liverpool FC legend believes Tottenham will seal a 2-1 win over Arsenal at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Tottenham Hotspur to secure a 2-1 win at Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby.
The Gunners will welcome an in-form Spurs team to The Emirates as Unai Emery’s side look to protect their unbeaten record.
Arsenal haven’t suffered a defeat since losing to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two Premier League games of the 2018-19 season.
However, Tottenham will provide their north London rivals with a stern test of their top-four credentials.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side eased to a 3-1 victory over Chelsea FC at Wembley last weekend to hoist themselves into third place in the table.
Spurs followed up that London derby triumph with a vital 1-0 win against Serie A giants Inter Milan on Wednesday night to remain in the running for a last-16 spot.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Tottenham to beat Arsenal at The Emirates to maintain their title challenge.
“Tottenham have had some big games domestically and in Europe in the past couple of weeks, and they have won them all,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“It helps that most of Spurs’ players are fit again, or fit enough to play a part in games – like Christian Eriksen did on Wednesday when he came off the bench to score the winner against Inter Milan.
“Jan Vertonghen’s return from injury in that game was a boost but the really important thing for Tottenham is that their key attacking players – Eriksen, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min – are playing well.
“On top of that, Moussa Sissoko is starting to look like the player they thought they had signed when they bought him from Newcastle two years ago.
“That is why I am backing Spurs to come out on top here.”
Lawrenson added: “Arsenal have not really been convincing whenever I have seen them recently, but that just makes it even more impressive that no-one can beat them – they are 18 games unbeaten and ticking along quite nicely.
“But that is just an extra thing for Spurs to aim at on Sunday. Not only can they take the three points, they can end Arsenal’s run too – and they would really enjoy that.”
Arsenal have only managed to win one of their last eight north London derbies, securing a 2-0 victory in Arsene Wenger’s final clash against Spurs at The Emirates last season.
However, Spurs have only managed to emerge victorious in one of their last 25 Premier League games away to Arsenal.
Harry Kane netted the winner in their last meeting at Wembley and the England international has netted seven times in seven games against Arsenal.