BBC Sport pundit gives his prediction for Tottenham v Everton

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Tottenham's home clash with Everton on Sunday afternoon

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to claim a 2-1 win over Everton in the Premier League at their home ground on Sunday afternoon.

The Lilywhites head into the game fresh from the excitement of having secured a thrilling 3-2 win over Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday night to book their place in the final of the competition for the first time in their history.

Tottenham are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table as they chase a top-four finish under Mauricio Pochettino.

Arsenal could match Tottenham’s points tally on the final day of the season but Spurs are well and truly in the driving seat because of their eight-goal superior goal difference.

Spurs have not been particularly impressive in the Premier League of late, with the Lilywhites having lost three of their last five top-flight games.

But former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing Spurs to wrap up a top-four finish with a comfortable 2-1 win over Everton in front of their home fans in their final game of the season.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Tottenham are virtually certain of finishing in the top four, and of course they are also in this season’s Champions League final after their own astonishing comeback against Ajax.

“Spurs will be on such a high after their triumph in Amsterdam, and I would like to think Mauricio Pochettino will play a strong team on Sunday because their date with Liverpool in Madrid is still three weeks away.

“I am sure some of the Everton fans at this game will be wishing Spurs luck against the Reds, and the Tottenham team will obviously get a heck of a send-off from their own supporters too.

“I am expecting Everton to go out and play, because there is not much point them sitting in, and I actually think this will be an entertaining game.

“Even if they lose this weekend, Toffees boss Marco Silva can be encouraged by the way his side have ended their campaign. I think he knows his best team now, and where he needs to strengthen.”

Tottenham will take on Liverpool FC in the Champions League final in Madrid on 1 June as they look to try and win the competition for the first time in their history.

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