Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Tottenham v Newcastle

Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Tottenham v Newcastle

Mark Lawrenson reveals his prediction for Tottenham v Newcastle

Tottenham moved a point ahead of City, which plays Arsenal on Sunday, and four behind Liverpool, which visits West Ham on Monday.

But the vast majority of the play was up the other end as Spurs laid seige to Newcastle's wall of 10 men behind the ball.

Mauricio Pochettino felt his Tottenham side were worthy of their late victor against Newcastle before insisting he will not be cheering on rivals Arsenal when they meet fellow title hopefuls Manchester City on Sunday.

Starting XI: Lloris (7), Trippier (6), Alderweireld (7), Sanchez (6), Vertonghen (7), Winks (6), Sissoko (8), Eriksen (5), Lamela (7), Lucas (4), Son (8*).

"But of course I'm disappointed because we're in a very good position and maybe, with a little more help from some players, we can not put the excuse that we are not a real contender".

The Spurs midfielder made a goal scoring return during midweek, following his participation in the Asian Cup.

With Harry Kane out injured, Heung Min-Son will lead the line for Spurs.

"I think we did well in the first half and we had chances in the beginning of the second half", he explained.

For the third time in succession in the Premier League - Fulham, Watford and now Newcastle - we dug deep to score with the clock having ticked into 80-plus minutes.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "Newcastle got an excellent win against Manchester City on Tuesday, but it did leave me looking at the Magpies players and wondering where that type of performance has been all season?"

@Thisisadam_: Lascelles and Longstaff were excellent today. 'They worked so hard and maybe they deserved something more.

Schar also deserves praise for the way he marshalled his troops to frustrate Fernando Llorente after the Spaniard was introduced on the hour in an attempt to swing the game in Spurs' favour, but he barely had a sniff of a chance in front of goal.

Both sides enter the game on the back of positive midweek results but both have shown a habit of trailing at half-time.

Rafa Benitez refused to pile the blame on goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for the mistake which cost Newcastle what would have been a hard-fought point.

However, it appears as though the Argentine has had a change of heart following his comments before Spurs' game with Newcastle United on Saturday.

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