Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Crystal Palace, comments on Hugo Lloris' injury

Mark Lawrenson

Tottenham take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League this afternoon.

Mark LawrensonMark Lawrenson

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham Hotspur will beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League this afternoon.

Spurs opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw away at Everton, as Erik Lamela's header rescued a point having fallen behind to a Ross Barkley free-kick.

Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goalTottenham's Erik Lamela celebrates scoring their first goal against Everton

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will have been happy to take a point back to North London, given that Tottenham's first-half performance against Everton fell well below par.

Everton could have been more than a goal ahead at half time, with Gerard Deulofeu spurning a great chance, but Tottenham bounced back in the second half and could have even won the game after Maarten Stekelenburg made two great saves from Vincent Janssen and Lamela.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Today, Spurs take on Crystal Palace in a London derby at White Hart Lane, with Palace looking for their first goal and first point of the new season.

The Eagles lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion last weekend in a disappointing performance, and winger Yannick Bolasie left the club earlier this week in order to join Premier League rivals Everton - but manager Alan Pardew is set to reinvest the money quickly.

BBC Sport report that Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is close to signing for Palace in a £27m deal, but the Belgian won't be involved today as Palace make the short trip to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham's Michel Vorm is substituted on for Hugo Lloris as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks onTottenham's Michel Vorm is substituted on for Hugo Lloris as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks on

Ahead of the game, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Tottenham will win 2-0 this afternoon, believing that the injury sustained to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris against Everton won't be an issue.

Lawrenson added that he'd take Benteke over Saido Berahino considering Palace's style of play, and it'll be a boost having failed to score against West Brom.

"Tottenham did not start well but came back to draw at Everton, while Crystal Palace could not score at home and were beaten by West Brom," said Lawrenson. "Tottenham are without injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris but I do not see that being a problem here while the Eagles are seeking a new striker."

"It looks like they will get Liverpool's Christian Benteke or the Baggies' Saido Berahino. Who would I take? Well, the way Palace play, it would probably be Benteke," he added.

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