With seven points from their first three games, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham will be looking to keep up their unbeaten run against Nottingham Forest. Steve Cooper’s men will hope to cause an upset with their plethora of new signings, most notably the £42.5m midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.
With only one defeat in their last fourteen Premier League fixtures, there is certainly confidence amongst the Spurs camp, but it will be far from simple against Cooper’s side.
Nottingham Forest have enjoyed life back in the Premier League thus far and will be hoping to build on their draw against Everton last time out.
Forest have sat deep and caught teams on the break, leaving Jesse Lingard and Brennan Johnson up top to create chances and ultimately put them away. If they do take the lead against Conte’s side, even if it is in the early stages, we could see plenty of gamesmanship to run the clock down.
This is the first time Spurs will play at the City Ground since 2005. Their previous trip resulted in a 3-0 away win in the FA Cup, with goals from Mido, Robbie Keane and Noe Pamarot. Both sides have changed drastically since then.
Having now made 16 signings, which will be added to with the potential addition of former Spur Serge Aurier, it will take time for Forest to gel. However, if this method of Premier League survival is successful, many teams may use this approach more when promoted in the future.
Tottenham are continuing to look like a force to be reckoned with under Antonio Conte, with one of the best attacking trios in the world. Record breaking partnership, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane are yet to reach the heights they have previously and will be hoping to be on top form against Forest.
Unfortunately for Spurs fans Cristian Romero will miss out on Sunday but has made good progress towards returning to fitness. The four week muscular injury, as it was originally labelled, is now less severe and we will see him back in training next week along with Oliver Skipp.
Despite Romero’s potential return next week, Davinson Sanchez performed respectably against Wolves and showed that he is still capable of doing a job as a right sided centre back. This will be something the Colombian will hope to build on against Forest.
Lucas and Bryan Gil are being assessed for the game and it is currently unclear as to whether they will be on the bench. This could be a big blow for Tottenham if they are left with only one attacker, in the form of Richarlison, on the bench if they are behind in the latter stages of the game.
However, the injuries within the squad may result in former Forest wing-back Djed Spence making an appearance in the squad, possibly making an impact off the bench.
Spurs discovered their UEFA Champions League group of Eintracht Frankfurt, Marseille and Sporting Lisbon this week and will hope to send those teams a message with an impressive victory.
Nottingham Forest will hope to send out a message of their own on Sunday with triumph over Tottenham in front of their fans.