Lawrenson predicts Sunderland v Spurs, comments on Pochettino's transfer business

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Mark Lawrenson believes Sunderland and Tottenham will draw 1-1 today.

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

Sunderland endured a torrid start to the season with defeats against Leicester City and Norwich City, but then bounced back with credible draws against Swansea City and Aston Villa.

Dick Adovcaat's men will be hoping to grab their first win of the season today, but they face a team who are also searching for their first victory of the campaign.

Tottenham have drawn three and lost one of their opening four games this term, with Mauricio Pochettino's men particularly struggling in the final third.

Striker Harry Kane - who has yet to find the net for Spurs this season - will be looking to get off the mark having scored twice for England over the international break, and he will be joined by new signing Son Heung-min.

The South Korean international, 23, has joined from Bayer Leverkusen, and is seen as the man who can inject some pace, creativity and goals in the final third.

Now, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that after Pochettino failed to sign West Brom's Saido Berahino, much will be required from Son - and drew a comparison to Sunderland's new striker signing Fabio Borini, with Lawrenson predicting a 1-1 draw today.

"Tottenham missed out on Saido Berahino on deadline day but they obviously realised the front end of their team needed strengthening to help Harry Kane and have brought in South Korean striker Son Heung-min," said Lawrenson.

"Sunderland hope to do the same by signing Fabio Borini from Liverpool and it will be interesting to see whether either signing has an effect," he added.

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