Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham vs Aston Villa result, comments on Sherwood factor

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash between Tottenham and Aston Villa.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his weekly BBC column that Tottenham Hotspur will beat Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend.

Spurs remain in pursuit of a top four place, but after last weekend's 0-0 draw with Burnley, they now sit seven points adrift of a Champions League spot.

This weekend, Tottenham are back in action at White Hart Lane, with Aston Villa visiting in a crucial game at both ends of the Premier League table.

The game obviously sees former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood return to White Hart Lane for the first time since being sacked as Tottenham manager at the end of last season, with Sherwood now in charge of Villa.

Villa need points to stay in the Premier League, as the 3-3 midweek draw against Queens Park Rangers leaves Villa still hovering precariously above the drop zone.

Sherwood will be keen to get one over on his former employers, but ex-Liverpool defender Lawrenson has written in his weekly prediction column that Spurs will win 2-1 against Villa - despite being so poor against Burnley just last weekend.

"For a team that was chasing a top-four place, Tottenham were amazingly ordinary in their 0-0 draw at Burnley last weekend," said Lawrenson. "Spurs just did not seem to understand that they had to scrap for a win, and never looked like getting one."

"Things should be different against Villa, though. For a start they are at home and they are also up against their former boss Tim Sherwood. As a player you always want to put one over your old manager, and I think Tottenham will do that and get back to winning ways," he added.

The corresponding fixture earlier this season ended as a 2-1 win for Spurs, with Harry Kane hitting a dramatic last-gasp free kick to win the game.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for a slightly less stressful afternoon this time around - though at this stage of the season, he will just be desperate for a win.

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