Mark Lawrenson casts doubt on Tottenham's title chances, predicts result against Sunderland

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Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham will beat Sunderland 2-0 today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham draw too many games to win the Premier League, but thinks they will beat Sunderland 2-0 tonight.

Spurs lost 1-0 at home to Leicester City on Wednesday evening, meaning they now sit seven points adrift of joint-Premier League leaders Arsenal and Leicester.

It was a frustrating result for Spurs, but they have a chance to respond today as they host relegation-threatened Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

The Black Cats have picked up two vital wins over fellow strugglers Aston Villa and Swansea City, meaning they now sit just one point away from safety under Sam Allardyce.

With five goals in his last two games, ex-Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is in outstanding form, and will be hoping to haunt his former club this afternoon.

After winning the reverse fixture 1-0 at the Stadium of Light earlier this season after a goal from Ryan Mason, Tottenham will be looking to make it a double over Sunderland today - and pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Mauricio Pochettino's men will walk away with a 2-0 victory.

Lawrenson appears to have written Spurs off as title contenders, suggesting that they draw too many games, but thinks they have a great chance of qualifying for the Champions League this term.

"Losing so late on against Leicester on Wednesday night was a big blow to Tottenham, but I still think they have got a great chance of finishing in the top four," said Lawrenson. "I have heard a lot of people asking 'why can't Spurs win the league?' in the past couple of weeks, but they draw too many games for that - they have drawn as many as they have won."

"Sunderland got a great win at relegation rivals Swansea and will be buoyed by that, but the last thing they needed was for Spurs to be beaten by the Foxes because I think we will see a reaction to that defeat from Mauricio Pochettino's men," he added.

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