Tottenham Hotspur-Nottingham Forest Preview
Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte is preparing his side to face a "really good" Nottingham Forest team on Sunday.
Unbeaten Spurs sit fourth in the table after winning two and drawing one of their opening three matches.
Forest, meanwhile, have picked up four points from their three games in their first season back in the top-flight since the 1998-99 campaign. And Conte is predicting a tough game as his team travel to the City Ground.
"I think Nottingham Forest did a great transfer market and to have a lot of signings can help them," Conte told reporters. "For sure they want to keep in the Premier League and this is very clear. I think the owner is really strong and we're talking about a really good team.
"[Jesse] Lingard now is playing there and the whole team is really good."
Forest have brought in 17 new players this window, but manager Steve Cooper is hoping for more new arrivals before the deadline.
"We want to sign more players. I know we've signed a lot, and we're not going to shy away from talking about that or why we've done it," Cooper said. "The reality is we would hope to have signed even more than what we have done by now, but that's the nature of a transfer window.
"There are still a few days to get things done. We'll see where we end up. We want to get to a point, when the window closes, where we have good cover for every position."
Nottingham Forest – Brennan Johnson
Johnson became Forest's third-youngest Premier League goalscorer against Everton last time out (21 years, 89 days), and another goal against Tottenham would see Johnson become the youngest player to score in back-to-back appearances in the competition for Forest, a record currently held by Roy Keane (21y 124d in December 1992).
Tottenham – Harry Kane
Kane's winner against Wolves last time out means he is now just two goals behind Andy Cole in third place (187) in the overall Premier League top scorers list (Alan Shearer 260, Wayne Rooney 208). Can he continue to chase them down with another goal here?
- Nottingham Forest have won six of their last nine Premier League games against Spurs (D1 L2), though they did lose both meetings the last time the sides met in 1998-99.
- Nottingham Forest have won each of their last eight home league games, their longest league winning run at the City Ground since a run of 12 between November 2009 and March 2010.
- After their unbeaten start in the Premier League so far, Tottenham are looking to avoid defeat in their opening four league matches for only the second time in the last 13 seasons, also doing so in 2016-17 under Mauricio Pochettino (first 12 games), going on to finish 2nd that season.
- Only Southampton (11) and Bournemouth (six) have had fewer shots in the first halves of Premier League matches this season than Spurs (12), with a league-high 69 per cent of their efforts coming after the break (27/39). Indeed, only Everton (28) have had more attempts in the second half than Spurs.
- Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has lost just one of his 17 Premier League games against promoted sides (W13 D3), going down 3-0 at Newcastle in his final league game with Chelsea in May 2018. He has won four of his five such games with Spurs, without conceding a single goal.
Updated August 27, 2022