It is Tottenham’s final game at White Hart Lane but the occasion should not surprise most of the Manchester United players because they played – and lost – in West Ham’s last game at Upton Park at the end of last season too.
I have been saying for a while now that I don’t buy Jose Mourinho’s comments about the size or strength of his squad, and I don’t see United’s Europa League campaign as an excuse if they miss out on the top four.
Mourinho said he would rest a lot of players against Arsenal last weekend but when you totalled up starting appearances by both teams, United’s players had made 226 more appearances than the Gunners’ side – that says it all about his so-called weakened team.
Tottenham’s defeat and performance at West Ham was a disappointing end to their title hopes but I think we have seen enough from them this season to expect a response, especially at home where they have won 16 and drawn two of their 18 league games so far.
I always enjoyed going to White Hart Lane as a player, because they would always let you play – I don’t recall losing many times there with Liverpool.
One memory that stands out is from a game in the 1980s where Kenny Dalglish got absolutely lumped by Tottenham defender Graham Roberts, who was part centre-half, part assassin.
About 30 seconds later, a certain G. Souness got his revenge on Roberts with a very similar sort of tackle. As was often the case, that was the end of that matter.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
Andy’s prediction: My coach is a United fan and my physio is a Tottenham fan, so I hear a lot about both of these teams.
Spurs are at home, in the last ever game at White Hart Lane, and with Jose Mourinho involved it is going to be a tight match – I’m going to go for yet another draw. 1-1
Lawro’s best score: 140 points (week 22 v James McAvoy)
Lawro’s worst score: 30 points (week four v Dave Bautista)
How did Lawro do last time?
From last weekend’s Premier League matches, Lawro got six correct results, including one perfect score, from 10 matches, for a total of 90 points.
He beat Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian, who got three correct results with no perfect scores, but lost out to his band-mate Tom Meighan, who got four correct results, including two perfect scores, for a tally of 100 points.
Lawro also picked up three more points for correctly predicting Arsenal’s win over Southampton on Wednesday. Martin Kemp wins no extra points because he picked Saints to win 1-0.