Mark Lawrenson gives verdict on Tottenham's title chances, predicts result against Newcastle

Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham will draw against Newcastle today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham and Newcastle will draw 1-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Newcastle enjoyed a morale-boosting victory over Liverpool last weekend, and the Magpies will be looking to build on that 2-0 win when they travel to face Spurs on Sunday.

Manager Steve McClaren has found it hard to get consistency in to his Newcastle side, and a match against in-form Tottenham doesn't seem like the place to start a run of great results.

Spurs have earned plenty of plaudits this season, with Mauricio Pochettino's men currently on a 14-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, putting them in amongst the title contenders in an unpredictable Premier League campaign.

The performances of young stars such as Eric Dier and Dele Alli have been key to Tottenham's success so far this term, and the pair will be looking to continue their superb performances against Newcastle.

However, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham will only be able to muster another draw against Newcastle this weekend, before casting doubt over their title aspirations.

Lawrenson believes that winning the Premier League title is out of reach for Spurs this season, because they have drawn eight of their 14 unbeaten games - the most amount of draws in the Premier League this season.

"You just don't know what you are going to get from this Newcastle team and it must drive Magpies boss Steve McClaren mad," said Lawrenson. "It worries me that they can put in a performance like they did to beat Liverpool, straight after being hammered at Crystal Palace. McClaren said his players had "crawled off the field" after last weekend's game because of the effort they put in.

That is great, but it should be the same every game - and who knows whether they will turn up and compete in the same way at White Hart Lane. I do think they are capable of getting something against Tottenham, though."

"Some Spurs fans have been getting a bit excited about their title hopes but they are getting carried away a bit there. Mauricio Pochettino's side have been unbeaten for 14 league games and have had some impressive wins, but they have also drawn a lot of matches," he added.

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