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Premier League: Spurs aiming to cut Forest down to size

Tottenham head to the banks of the River Trent on Saturday morning to take on a misfiring Nottingham Forest side who have gone five Premier League games without a win to slide towards the relegation shake-up.

Forest boss Steve Cooper has come under pressure in some quarters and he will be eager to try and put things right, while Ange Postecoglou will want to see his side build on a 4-1 thumping of Newcastle United last time out.

That victory ended a run of five league games without a win which saw the Londoners tumble out of the top four and they are now 3.00 to secure a top-four finish this season.

WhatNottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur
WhereCity Ground, Nottingham
When07:00 (AEST), Saturday 16th December
How to watchOptus Sport
OddsNottm Forest 4.75, Draw 4.20, Tottenham 1.66

Struggling Magpies no marker

Spurs may have been convincing winners last time out, but Newcastle are a team beset with a host of injuries who have won only one of their last five games in all competitions.

However, a solid defensive display was certainly something to please Postecoglou, with the Magpies' goal a mere consolation just before the final whistle.

The return of Argentinian centre-back Cristian Romero from suspension has certainly helped, with Micky van de Ven still sidelined, forcing Postecoglou to ask wing-back Ben Davies to play in a more central role.

Romero was also on the scoresheet in the 2-1 reverse at home to West Ham, but the problem he faces is that he is on four bookings for the season and another yellow card would see him incur a second suspension of the season.

The rugged South American is 3.25 to be cautioned at the City Ground, while team-mate Pedro Porro is priced at 3.50 in the same market.

Further forward Spurs continue to be without midfield playmaker James Maddison due to an ankle injury, but skipper Son Heung-Min continues to shine to make up for both that absence and the summer departure of Harry Kane.

The Korean forward converted a penalty in the win over the Magpies to take his tally to ten in the Premier League this season, with his goals per 90 minutes figure of 0.67 better than both Erling Haaland and Mo Salah.

He has also contributed four assists to the Spurs cause and Son can be backed at 2.30 to score anytime in Nottingham on Saturday morning, while Spurs are 3.75 to win by a one-goal margin.

Forest falling into trouble

While Tottenham may have tumbled from top spot to fifth in the table, that is nowhere near concerning as the slip that Forest have suffered in recent weeks, as they now lie just five points above the drop zone.

Manager Cooper will at least have been enthused by his side ending a run of four straight league losses with a 1-1 draw at Wolves last time out, but Forest have lost their last two at home, to Brighton and Everton respectively.

For the Molineux stalemate Cooper chose to restore Matt Turner in goal in place of Odysseas Vlachodimos and the American is likely to retain his place for the visit of Spurs.

Both Ibrahim Sangare and Orel Mangala are one booking away from a suspension, while striker Taiwo Awoniyi remains sidelined with a serious groin injury.

Amid Forest’s struggles they have only scored one goal across their last three matches, that being Harry Toffolo’s early opener against Wolves, so a solid defensive performance is something of a must of they are to get anything from the game.

The problem is Spurs have scored in all 16 of their Premier League outings so far this season and have been restricted to one goal in a mere five of those matches, so they are a very hard team to halt when on the front foot.

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