BBC Sport pundit reveals his prediction for Tottenham v Arsenal
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Tottenham's home clash with Arsenal on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal to play out a 1-1 draw in the Premier League clash at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.
Arsenal head into the game in good form and fresh from having moved up into fourth place in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification.
The Gunners have won their last three Premier League games in a row to leave them fourth and a point ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are aiming to get back to winning ways after a dip in form under Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs have lost their last two games against Burnley and Chelsea FC to leave Arsenal knowing that a win on Saturday would move them to within just one point of the third-placed Lilywhites.
Arsenal will be hoping to get all three points to help fuel their push for a top-four finish, but BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson feels that the two sides are likely to play out a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Tottenham have lost their past two games and, like I said before their defeat at Burnley last weekend, Harry Kane’s return from injury might have affected the mindset of one or two of their players.
“When a big player like that comes back, there is a tendency for everyone else to think: ‘We are going to be fine now.’ It is a strange dynamic, and it can affect performances and results.
“The shock was to see them lose at Burnley, not their defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday, but I never thought Spurs were in the title race anyway, and they are certainly not in it now.
“I don’t see Spurs dropping out of the top four, though, because I think their results will pick up. Dele Alli will be fit again soon too and it will not take long for Kane to get his match sharpness back.
“It is going to be a great battle for fourth spot between Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea and I don’t think it will be settled until the very end of the season.
“The Gunners come in to this game on the back of a couple of convincing home wins over Southampton and Bournemouth but they are always pretty strong at Emirates Stadium anyway.
“On the road, it is a different story and, taking that and and Spurs’ form into consideration, I think a draw is the most likely outcome – especially because this is a lunchtime game and they are usually pretty rubbish.”
Arsenal are looking to break back into the top four this season after they ended up sixth last term under Arsene Wenger.