Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Brighton v Tottenham
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat Brighton 2-0 at Amex Stadium on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is predicting that Tottenham Hotspur will ease to a 2-0 win against Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs will be looking to record successive Premier League victories for the first time this season after a challenging start to the new campaign.
Tottenham have only managed to win three times in the current top-flight campaign to leave the north London in sixth place in the table.
Last season’s Champions League finalists are 10 points adrift of current leaders Liverpool FC after seven Premier League games.
Spurs suffered a 7-2 loss to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League in north London on Tuesday night.
Tottenham will be hoping to make amends for that chastening defeat with a much-needed victory over Brighton to rebuild morale.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Tottenham to ease to a comfortable victory over Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
“It would not surprise me if Tottenham manager Pochettino leaves the club in the near future,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Since the summer, some of the things he has said – like when he talked about how he is ‘only the coach’ and has no say in transfers – makes it feel to me like he is in the process of a long break-up.
“I have thought for a while that Pochettino looks tired and how it looks like being Spurs manager has become a chore for him – but maybe he does not need time out of football, just out of Tottenham.”
Pochettino added: “Spurs paid the price for chasing their Champions League game against Bayern on Tuesday when they were 4-2 down, and ended up conceding seven goals in total.
“But I still think they will go to Brighton and win.
“Spurs have got some very good players. Yes, they have had a stinker but surely there will be a reaction this weekend.
“And the Seagulls have got problems of their own, with only two points from their past six games.
“Brighton manager Graham Potter is reaching the stage where he might need to rethink his philosophy about playing good football for the sake of picking up some points.”
Tottenham have a great record of finishing in the Premier League’s top four under Pochettino.
Spurs haven’t missed out on a place in the Champions League in the last four campaigns.
The Argentinian head coach took over the reins of the north London outfit from Tim Sherwood back in 2014.
Spurs lost to Liverpool FC in the Champions League final last term.