BBC Pundit backs ‘completely different’ Spurs to overcome West Ham

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with West Ham United.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that Tottenham Hotspur will see off West Ham United 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The Hammers beat Spurs twice at White Hart Lane last season, once in the Premier League before repeating the trick on the League Cup two months later.

This season, however, the Lillywhites represent a different proposition altogether and their recent good run in the Premier League – especially at home – has seen them surge up the table.

With just three points separating them from the top four, Lawro is backing Mauricio Pochettino’s men to overcome their London rivals and claim an important three points.

“West Ham manager Sam Allardyce got a lot of stick from his side's travelling fans after their 4-0 defeat at West Brom in the FA Cup,” Lawro explained.

“The Hammers have also only won two of their last 10 league games and that drop in form has meant people are making a lot of the fact that Allardyce’s contract ends in the summer and nothing is being done about giving him a new one.”

“West Ham won twice at White Hart Lane last season in the Premier League and Capital One Cup but I don't see them making it three in a row on Sunday.”

“Tottenham pinched the points with an injury time winner at Upton Park when these two sides met on the first day of the season.”

“Spurs are a completely different side now, though, and I think they will show it with a much more convincing performance.”

Where does Sam Allardyce go from here?

Not too long ago, West Ham United were flying under Sam Allardyce in the Premier League and a top four spot was looking like a realistic challenge.

However, after just two wins in ten matches the Upton Park outfit have hit a rough patch and the injury to top striker Andy Carroll only hampers their position further.

With tough games awaiting, especially on the road, without a real goal threat Allardyce may well tighten things up at the back and play more defensively, a style that will not go down well with the Hammers’ fans.

It’s looking increasingly like a no-win situation for the former Bolton boss at present and a top half finish may not be enough to persuade the West Ham hierarchy to keep him in the job beyond this summer.

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