Mark Lawrenson discusses Jan Vertonghen's injury, predicts shock result for Spurs against Norwich

Jan Vertonghen

Mark Lawrenson believes Tottenham will lose at Norwich this evening.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham will lose 2-1 away at Norwich City in the Premier League this evening.

Norwich head into the game with a new face in the squad, as Chelsea's promising young striker Patrick Bamford has penned a loan deal until the end of the season.

Bamford could feature for Norwich as they take on Spurs, with Alex Neil's men looking to bounce back from their stunning 5-4 defeat to Liverpool last time out.

After leading 3-1, Norwich then fell 4-3 behind at home to Liverpool, and whilst Sebastien Bassong looked to have rescued a point with a late equaliser, Liverpool raced back down the other end to make it 5-4, and leave Norwich just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Tonight's task isn't much easier either, as they face a Tottenham side who are pushing for top spot in the Premier League table, and beat Norwich 3-0 over Christmas.

Unfortunately for Spurs, they will have to do it without star defender Jan Vertonghen, who picked up an injury just over a week ago against Crystal Palace, and will miss a lengthy amount of time, with Kevin Wimmer set to replace him in the line-up.

Spurs will be favourites to win the game due to their impressive away record this season, but pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham will lose the game 2-1 - largely because of Vertonghen's absence.

"Norwich clearly have to improve on their defensive showing in their 5-4 defeat by Liverpool. I sometimes talk about teams leaking goals, but that was more of a torrent," said Lawrenson. "But they look much better going forward with Steven Naismith in the team and I think he will show again why he is an excellent signing."

"Tottenham are a very efficient team but they will seriously miss the injured Jan Vertonghen at centre-back, so I am going to go for an upset here," he added.

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