BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Man City, gives verdict on Dele Alli

Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester City will beat Tottenham 2-0 this weekend.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believed Manchester City will beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at White Hart Lane this weekend.

Spurs had won two games in a row heading into Wednesday's North London derby with Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, but were beaten 2-1 as two Mathieu Flamini goals handed the Gunners a win.

Now, Mauricio Pochettino's side must bounce back quickly this weekend, as they host title favourites Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

City's winning run in the Premier League ended with a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham United last weekend, and they bounced back in perfect fashion with a 4-1 Capital One Cup thrashing of Sunderland.

Manuel Pellegrini's men have lost just one of their last ten games against Spurs, and will be expected to win again this weekend - just as pundit Lawrenson has predicted.

Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of this weekend's fixtures, Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for City, citing that whilst Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has potential, his desire to get forward could leave Spurs vulnerable defensively, which City would be able to exploit.

"I have seen Tottenham a few times this season and they have improved in attack in recent weeks," said Lawrenson. "They are clearly trying to get as many people in and around Harry Kane as possible, with Son Heung-min one player who did that in their win over Crystal Palace last time out, and Dele Alli another."

"Alli is clearly going to be a really good player but I am not convinced by his partnership with Eric Dier at the heart of their midfield. Alli likes to get forward, and I understand why, but he will have defensive work to do on Saturday and, if City have a lot of the ball, I think they will win," he added.

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