Mark Lawrenson predicted that West Ham will draw 1-1 with Tottenham on Saturday, when writing his regular column for BBC Sport.

The Hammers and Spurs both head into the game on the back of dismal runs of form.

West Ham are winless in six, and currently sit in 16th spot in the table. Tottenham, meanwhile, have taken just three points from their last five league games, and they occupy 14th place.

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The game is a huge one for both sides, and it has taken another twist with Jose Mourinho taking over from Mauricio Pochettino yesterday.

The Spurs players will undoubtedly be keen to impress their new manager. And the Hammers will be determined to send out a positive message to their fans after their pathetic recent displays.

 

Lawrenson told BBC Sport why he sees the game finishing at one a piece:

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“I think appointing Mourinho as manager is a gamble for Tottenham. They have replaced a very popular manager with someone who, after his time at Manchester United, we are not quite sure if we have seen the best of him already. Will it affect the way Tottenham play? Well, they probably won’t be as expansive as they were under Mauricio Pochettino. But, whatever happens long term, on Saturday Mourinho will give them a lift straight away.”

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1

A draw doesn’t really suit either side. They both need all three points.

And it will be interesting to see whether West Ham and Tottenham come out to win the game from the off on Saturday.

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