Mark Lawrenson predicts Leicester v Tottenham, gives verdict on Berahino transfer bid

Saido Berahino

Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham will draw away at Leicester City today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur will play out a 1-1 draw this afternoon.

Leicester have started the season in stunning fashion, hammering Sunderland 4-2 on the opening day of the campaign, before beating West Ham 2-1 away from home last weekend.

Claudio Ranieri has made a superb start to life as Leicester boss, and will be looking to pick up another victory at the King Power Stadium this afternoon as the Foxes take on Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have endured a tricky opening to the season, losing 1-0 at Manchester United before a torrid capitulation against Stoke City last weekend, throwing away a 2-0 half time lead to end up with a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

Spurs need a response this weekend, and new signing Clinton N'Jie could feature as Pochettino desperately looks for attacking reinforcements to help Harry Kane.

In fact, West Brom even confirmed on their official website earlier this week that they had snubbed a bid from Tottenham for striker Saido Berahino, and pundit Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that their pursuit of the forward is understandable - but with little attacking support for Kane right now, he predicts a 1-1 draw between Leicester and Tottenham this weekend.

"I am looking forward to watching Leicester, who will cause Tottenham lots of problems," said Lawrenson. "The Foxes have got loads of width and pace and I have always been a fan of Gokhan Inler, who they have signed from Napoli this week, too. As for Spurs, I just can't weigh them up at the moment."

"Harry Kane had a great season last time out but clearly they had to get him some help in attack over the summer. That hasn't really happened yet, and for such a big club to have such an over-reliance on one player in attack is a strange situation. It will be interesting to see how their new signing Clinton N'Jie gets on, but you can understand why Spurs are trying to sign Saido Berahino too," he added.

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