BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Manchester City v Tottenham

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Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester City will draw 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will draw 2-2 this afternoon.

In one of the quirks of the Premier League fixture list, the top four teams meet each other as Arsenal host league leaders Leicester City before Tottenham Hotspur travel to face Manchester City.

City head into the game having been thrashed by Leicester last weekend, and there are plenty of questions surrounding the club's managerial situation.

Manuel Pellegrini is leaving the club this summer, and with Pep Guardiola arriving at the Etihad Stadium, there are some suggestions that City's players have effectively 'downed tools' for the season until Guardiola arrives.

Those players will have to be on top form this afternoon though, as they face a Tottenham squad mounting a surprise challenge for the title.

Now second and just five points off top spot, Spurs have a real chance of winning the title this season, and a win at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon would give them added momentum for the final stretch of the campaign.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks City will find it difficult up against players like Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, but believes they surely can't be as poor as they were against Leicester last weekend, tipping a 2-2 draw.

"I don't think the fact the Manchester City players knew Manuel Pellegrini is going to be replaced by Pep Guardiola had anything to do with their poor performance against Leicester last week," said Lawrenson. "City were outmuscled, out-thought and outpaced. They were second best in all areas and, apart from Sergio Aguero, their players were unbelievably ordinary."

"They cannot afford to be as bad again, because this is their biggest game of the season when it comes to the title race. If Tottenham go to Etihad Stadium and roll them over, then City might not be able to recover."

"It is going to be hard for City because, along with the attacking threat of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Tottenham's success is based on a top-class goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris and a very good defence. But I actually see a few goals in this game, and I think the points will be shared," he added.

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