Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Stoke, comments on Pochettino's latest transfer move

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Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham will edge out Stoke City today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Tottenham Hotspur will beat Stoke City 2-1 at White Hart Lane today.

Spurs play their first home game of the season this afternoon, taking on Mark Hughes' Stoke after a tough 1-0 loss to Manchester United last weekend.

Kyle Walker's own goal was the difference that day, whilst Stoke also lost 1-0 just a day later, with Liverpool leaving the Britannia Stadium with all three points thanks to a late Philippe Coutinho thunderbolt.

Now, the two sides meet in North London, where Stoke claimed a shock 2-1 win last season - but BBC pundit Lawrenson doesn't believe the Potters will repeat the trick.

Lawrenson told BBC Sport that he believes Tottenham will win the game 2-1 this afternoon, but hailed Mauricio Pochettino's move for Lyon striker Clinton N'Jie, with Harry Kane in need of support up front.

"I co-commentated on Stoke's defeat by Liverpool on Sunday and they did not really create much, which will be a worry," said Lawrenson.

"Tottenham will have similar concerns about their attack and I can understand why they are signing Cameroon striker Clinton N'Jie from Lyon, because Harry Kane needs help. Home advantage will be enough for Spurs on Saturday, but there will not be much between the two sides," he added.

French media outlet Maxifoot reported on Thursday that N'Jie has agreed a move to White Hart Lane, with the Cameroon international viewed as the man to take some of the pressure off Kane in the Spurs attack.

With great pace and versatility, N'Jie could be a diamond in the rough for Pochettino, though the burden will once again fall upon Kane against Stoke City today.

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