Mark Lawrenson labels Tottenham 'one man team', predicts result against Newcastle

Mark Lawrenson hasn't been impressed with Newcastle or Tottenham of late.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his weekly prediction column for the BBC that Newcastle and Tottenham will draw 1-1 later today.

Hosts Newcastle have lost five on the bounce after Monday's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, which came hot on the heels of the terrible 1-0 loss to bitter North East rivals Sunderland.

Interim manager John Carver has won just two of his 14 games in charge of Newcastle, and fans are becoming increasingly disgruntled with the fortunes of the club after another torrid season.

Meanwhile, Tottenham looked like mounting a push for the top four but that has fallen apart in recent weeks, with last week's 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa all but ending any lingering hopes of a return to Champions League football next season.

With Christian Eriksen's goals from midfield drying up in recent weeks, Spurs have won just one of the last four Premier League games, though they are at least boosted by the expected return of Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen from injury.

Too much is being placed on Harry Kane's shoulders in front of goal, and Lawrenson believes that Mauricio Pochettino's side are now a 'one man team' - and will draw at St. James' Park this afternoon.

"Newcastle are in freefall and Tottenham also look like they cannot wait for the season to end," said Lawrenson. "It is too easy an excuse to say that Spurs must be tired. It's more accurate to say their defeat by Aston Villa was coming because Harry Kane cannot get them a result every week."

"The more I see of them, the more I think they are a one-man team and, when Kane is not scoring, they are going to struggle," he added.

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