Mark Lawrenson shares his prediction for Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham to beat Stoke 2-0 today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham will beat Stoke City 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon.

After watching Premier League leaders Leicester City draw 2-2 with West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, Tottenham have been given a glimmer of hope in their quest to win the title, as they can close the gap to five points this evening.

Mauricio Pochettino takes his side to the Potteries to take on Stoke, and after seeing his side hammer Manchester United 3-0 last weekend, the Argentine will be looking for the same again this time around - and hopefully right some wrongs from earlier in the season.

Tottenham hosted Stoke at White Hart Lane back in August, and whilst Spurs were 2-0 up, Stoke rallied late on and claimed a 2-2 draw against the odds. That's a result Tottenham can't afford to repeat here, and are facing a Stoke side who have stumbled of late.

Just one win in the last five games has taken Stoke out of contention for a Europa League place, and last week's 4-1 defeat to Liverpool showed how much they could miss injured goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Ahead of tonight's game, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham will win the game 2-0, highlighting that they have players who can change a game in a second - something he witnessed against Manchester United last week - but doesn't think Mark Hughes will allow Stoke to take their foot off the gas just yet.

"Stoke lost heavily at Anfield last week after drawing 2-2 with Swansea, but there is no way their manager Mark Hughes will just let things fizzle out after another really good season," said Lawrenson. "I still fancy Tottenham to win here, though. I was really impressed with them against Manchester United, not simply the fact they won 3-0 but because United looked bright and sharp early on yet never looked like scoring."

"It was hard to see Spurs getting a grip on the game, so they were relying on their defence, but then it just happened for them at the other end. That is why they are such a good side - they have players who can turn games around in a second. Any other year, we would be saying they are the best team in the league, but Leicester look like beating them to the title," he added.

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