Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Bournemouth, raves about teenager Dele Alli

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Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham will beat Bournemouth 2-0.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Tottenham Hotspur will beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon.

Hosts Bournemouth have been dealt a number of injury blows this season, with star players Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson all being ruled out with long-term injuries.

That has given Eddie Howe a tough job as he looks to keep the Cherries in the top flight, with last weekend's 5-1 defeat at Manchester City showing the problems Bournemouth face against the so-called 'bigger' clubs.

Today, Bournemouth host Tottenham Hotspur in another big game for Howe's men, given that Spurs have lost just once in the Premier League this season - and that came all the way back on the opening day of the season away at Manchester United.

Losing to Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday was a blow for Mauricio Pochettino, and his side now have to prove that they can not only bounce back from that loss mentally, but also physically as they try and recover from their European commitments.

That doesn't appear to be a concern for pundit Mark Lawrenson, who has told BBC Sport that Tottenham will win 2-0 - and gave huge praise to midfielder Dele Alli, stating that the teenager 'looks the part' in the Premier League, despite only arriving from MK Dons this summer.

"Bournemouth were unlucky to be beaten 5-1 at Manchester City last week but, even so, I am starting to get a bit worried for them," said Lawrenson. "Their injury problems are a big factor of course but are their players starting to think they are doomed? It is a tough job for the Cherries boss to turn it round."

"Tottenham have not lost in the league since the opening game of the season at Manchester United. A big reason for that is that they are well-organised defensively but Dele Alli is starting to really look the part too, and they should have too much for Bournemouth," he added.

Alli is likely to feature again today, and given that Lawrenson is raving about his start to life in the Premier League, it's clear that he has made a big impression on fans and pundits alike - and will be looking to continue his fine form against Bournemouth today.

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