Nottingham Forest host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.
Nott’m Forest can move level on points with their forthcoming opponents with a victory.
Having signed 15 first-team players and counting during the summer transfer window so far, Steve Cooper should be pleased with already having four points on the board from their opening three matches.
They were disappointing on the opening day away to Newcastle United – who held reigning champions Manchester City to a 3-3 draw at St James’ Park last weekend – but have reacted well with a home win against West Ham United before claiming a point at Everton last time out.
Brennan Johnson looked to have snatched a second successive victory for his side by scoring his first Premier League goal with only nine minutes of normal time remaining, but Demarai Gray latched onto a long punt forwards from Jordan Pickford to rescue a draw for the Toffees.
No team will relish travelling to the City Ground this season, with only Liverpool winning there this calendar year in last season’s FA Cup quarter-final tie. However, Tottenham undoubtedly represent a step-up in class from any side Forest have faced since returning to the Premier League for the first time this century.
Indeed, despite performing far from their best during most of their three matches so far, the fact that Tottenham have still put seven points on the board may feel a little ominous for their rivals.
Only Man City and Liverpool have gained more points than Spurs since Antonio Conte took over last October, and there is a growing feeling that they could be the best-placed team to break that duo’s stranglehold on the division, even if their north London rivals Arsenal have made the perfect start to the 2022-23 season themselves.
Conte’s side had fewer shots and possession at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out, but a clever corner routine saw Ivan Perisic flick on a header at the near post, with Harry Kane ruthlessly dispatching in the air at the back post to double his tally for the season and claim a crucial victory for his side.
Given Forest’s formidable home record under Cooper, Spurs may require a better performance if they are to record successive wins, but there does seem to be plenty of more gears for them to move into as the season progresses.
Nottingham Forest Premier League form:
Nottingham Forest form (all competitions):
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:
We say: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
While we don’t envisage Forest losing frequently on home soil this season, we do think Spurs may be a little too strong for them on Sunday.
Cooper’s side are still gelling together having had an incredibly busy transfer window, while Tottenham do not need to be at their best to win matches, such is their attacking firepower and defensive discipline.