Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Watford, highlights key battle after Vertonghen's injury

Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham to beat Watford this afternoon.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham Hotspur will beat Watford 2-0 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

Spurs head into the game having won their last three Premier League games, with a 3-0 win away at Norwich in midweek boosting their title aspirations.

Now above Arsenal but still five points off top spot, Spurs are right in the title race, and now need to continue their fine form against Watford this afternoon.

The Hornets recently went on a run of four defeats in a row, but have now taken four points from their last two games, and look to be getting back into form.

The two sides met at Vicarage Road over Christmas, with Spurs snatching a 2-1 victory thanks to Son Heung-min's last-gasp winning goal - and Mark Lawrenson thinks Tottenham will win again this time around.

Pundit Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Spurs are 'absolutely flying' right now, and believes they will win the game 2-0 today.

Lawrenson noted that Spurs centre backs Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer will have to cope with Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo in the biggest battle of the game, given that Jan Vertonghen is currently injured.

"After losing four league games in a row at the start of the year, Watford have started to pick up again," said Lawrenson. "Tottenham are absolutely flying, though. Along with West Ham they have taken 13 points from their last six games, making them the form teams in the top flight."

"With Jan Vertonghen sidelined, how Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld cope with Hornets strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo will play a big part in deciding the outcome. But I am going to back Spurs to pick up another three points," he added.

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