Tottenham will be out to build on last weekend’s much-needed 4-1 win over Newcastle when they travel to struggling Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
Tottenham ended their five-game winless run in style when they overcame Newcastle 4-1 on Sunday and they will expect to make it back-to-back victories with a win over Forest - heaping fresh pressure on their boss Steve Cooper in the process.
Spurs created a new Premier League record of scoring first in five successive games but failing to win in recent losses against Chelsea, Wolves, Aston Villa and West Ham, while the 3-3 draw with Manchester City was also part of that unwanted run.
However, they finally got back to winning ways with an eye-catching success over the Magpies and Ange Postecoglou’s rejuvenated side should be able to reaffirm their top-four credentials with a win on Friday.
Forest boss Cooper remains under pressure and reports suggest he is just one poor performance away from the sack. The 5-0 hammering at the hands of Fulham was a real low point, but his side responded with a much-improved display at Wolves at the weekend with the gutsy 1-1 draw enough to keep Cooper in his job for now.
His future is likely to come back under the spotlight, though, if Tottenham can inflict a ninth league defeat of the season on his side.
Forest’s home form at the start of the season was good and it looked like they were building their survival plans on being tough to beat at the City Ground, as they were unbeaten in their first five at home, winning two and drawing three.
Since then they have slipped to successive home defeats to Brighton and Everton, although the 1-0 loss to the Toffees is the only time they have failed to score in front of their own fans in the league this season.
Cooper’s side should be able to get on the scoresheet again, especially when you consider Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven matches, but it might not be enough to prevent the hosts from suffering what would be a fifth defeat in their last six outings overall.
Dejan Kulusevski remains a key attacking threat for Spurs and he looks capable of hurting Forest on Friday.
The Swede has weighed in with four goals and one assist so far this season with his last goal involvement coming in the crazy 3-3 draw with Man City at the start of the month when he scored one and created another.
The 23-year-old has managed 11 goals and 17 assists in total for Tottenham from 74 appearances and even though he failed to add to either personal tally against Newcastle last time out, he did have two shots on target against the Magpies to suggest another goal or assist is just around the corner.
Centre-back Murillo is a major doubt with the hamstring strain he sustained at Wolves.
Striker Taiwo Awoniyi is definitely out with a groin injury and Serge Aurier will not feature against his former club due to his calf strain.
Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has been ruled out for the visitors after he suffered a knock in training.
Tottenham’s absentee list remains lengthy with Lo Celso joining Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Micky van der Ven, Ryan Sessegnon, James Maddison, Manor Solomon and Eric Dier on the treatment table.
Forest have scored in all but one of their home league games this season.
Spurs have scored in all 16 of their Premier League matches so far this term, while both teams have scored in each of their last seven league games.
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