Mark Lawrenson predicts Crystal Palace v Tottenham

The BBC pundit is backing Spurs to beat Crystal Palace.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 1-0 win for Tottenham Hotspur when they travel to Crystal Palace this weekend, according to his regular predictions column on BBC Sport.

Palace are off form and Tottenham have just won their last two in all competitions.

And the pundit believes Palace's goalscoring troubles will prove too much for them against the north London side.

Lawrenson told the BBC: "I am going for another Spurs win here too. I was at the Etihad last week to see Crystal Palace beaten 4-0 by Manchester City and they did not carry much of a goal threat.

"The Eagles have not scored in any of their past five league games, so it was clearly not just a one-off."

Palace's goalscoring woes have certainly been an issue lately, while their overall form will be a big worry.

Is this the 'Alan Pardew' effect rival fans have been warning Crystal Palace supporters about? Or is this simply a blip the Eagles will overcome with time?

Tottenham are on a roll at the moment. Their Premier League defeat to Leicester would have knocked their confidence but Spurs' response - a 4-1 win over Sunderland and a 2-0 FA Cup win against the Foxes - was clinical.

Lawrenson's prediction therefore makes sense but you never know with Palace. Last season, no one expected them to beat Tottenham at Selhurst Park - but they did.

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