BBC Sport pundit states his prediction for Bournemouth v Tottenham

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Tottenham Hotspur to claim a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in their Premier League clash on Saturday lunchtime.

The Lilywhites head into the game looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 1-0 loss to Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals in midweek.

Spurs also suffered a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend to deliver a blow to their top-four hopes.

Tottenham will be keen to bounce back to winning ways as they prepare for their trip to the south coast on Saturday, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men currently in third place in the Premier League table.

And former Liverpool FC star Lawrenson is backing the Lilywhites to claim all three points when they travel to Bournemouth this weekend.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “It will be interesting to see how Tottenham go into this game.

“They are 1-0 down in their Champions League semi-final against Ajax, with an away leg to come on Wednesday, and they are also one win away from securing a top-four finish to get back in the competition next year.

“All of the teams chasing third and fourth have been all over the place in recent weeks, including Spurs who lost at home to West Ham last time out.

“Drop any more points here and things could get a bit jittery for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who host Everton in their final league game of the season.

“But I actually think they will do all right against Bournemouth – the Cherries always concede a lot of goals and an open game will suit Spurs, who will have Son Heung-min back after his European suspension.”

Tottenham will then switch their attentions back towards Champions League affairs and their trip to Ajax on Wednesday night as they bid to overturn the 1-0 first-leg deficit and reach the final in Madrid in June.

Spurs are currently battling it out with the likes of Chelsea FC, Arsenal and Manchester United for a top-four finish in the Premier League this term.

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