Lawrenson expects Tottenham’s struggles to continue

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Tottenham Hotspur will extend their winless streak to four matches against Brighton on Saturday, according to BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson.

What’s the word?

Concern around Tottenham has risen significantly in recent weeks as defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday saw the Lilywhites suffer three consecutive losses under Mauricio Pochettino for the first time.

Defeats either side of the international break in the Premier League to Watford and Liverpool have increased the pressure upon the Lilywhites, who will look to bounce back to form on Saturday when they travel to Brighton.

The match against the Seagulls is the first in a trio of winnable matches for Spurs before their mammoth Champions League clash with Barcelona but BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson expects the hosts to cause problems, predicting a 1-1 draw at the AMEX Stadium.

What was said?

“Tottenham are just getting bashed by everyone at the moment, although I do think losing to Liverpool last week was a bigger blow than their defeat at Inter Milan. Tactically, Spurs were naive at Wembley and the Reds could have been three or four goals up in the first half.

“Going to Brighton will be a different test, but this is definitely not an easy game. The Seagulls are earning a reputation as being this season’s comeback kings, after fighting back from 2-0 down to get a draw in their past two matches.

“They will relish the visit of Spurs after beating Manchester United at home in August and will fancy their chances of getting something out of this game too.”

Is he right?

Tottenham will always be the favourites to beat Brighton on paper but the form guide suggests trouble for Pochettino’s men, as identified by Lawrenson, with Spurs’ loss of form coinciding with a decent run for the Seagulls.

The highlight of Brighton’s campaign so far was undoubtedly their victory over Manchester United but they deserve credit for fighting back from two goals down in recent weeks against Fulham and Southampton, while they were only narrowly defeated by Liverpool.

Spurs will certainly not be in for a comfy ride as Chris Hughton’s men have the ability to snatch a result if the visiting side are not clinical enough and, given Tottenham’s record in recent weeks, Lawrenson’s prediction of a draw may even be kind on Pochettino’s team.