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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Nottm Fst, 07.04.24

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Nottingham Forest

Premier        Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag   Pts
Home            6   3   0   3     8-8     9
Away            7   3   1   3    10-8    10
Total (Prem)   13   6   1   6    18-16    19   1.46 pt per game
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)   34  20   4  10    76-46    48
Away (Div 1)   34  17  10   7    48-37    50
Total (Div 1)  68  37  14  17   124-83    98
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   13   8   3   2    25-15    19
Away (Div 2)   13   1   6   6    15-25     8
Total (Div 2)  26   9   9   8    40-40    27
Total (Prem)   13   6   1   6    18-16    19
Total (Div 1)  68  37  14  17   124-83    98
Total (Div 2)  26   9   9   8    40-40    27
Grand Total   107  52  24  31   182-139  144

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs       -     LWWLWD
Spurs      1-2    Wolves
Spurs      3-1    C. Palace
A. Villa   0-4    Spurs
Fulham     3-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Luton
West Ham   1-1    Spurs

Nottm Fst   -     LLLDDW

A. Villa   4-2    Nottm Fst
Nottm Fst  0-1    Liverpool
Brighton   1-0    Nottm Fst
Luton      1-1    Nottm Fst
Nottm Fst  1-1    C. Palace
Nottm Fst  3-1    Fulham

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs    30 17  6  7  62-44  18   57
17. Nottm F  31  7  8 16  39-53 -14   25 *
  Nottm Fst deducted 4 pts 18/03/24
  EPL Profit & Sustainability rules

Sunday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Spurs opening night on 3rd April, 2019

Thanks to the planned national rail and tube strikes (the latter was called off late this week) we face the inconvenience of a Sunday night game at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (rhymes with Palladium!). This match was originally scheduled for Sky's Monday Night Football, but now kicks off at 6pm - unprecedented for Spurs.

When we beat Forest at The City Ground 2-0 on December 15th, Steve Cooper still held the post of head coach but he was sacked on 19th December and replaced by former Spurs coach Nuno Esperito Santo, who had been working in Saudi Arabia after leaving Spurs.

Nuno's Spurs tenure was brief, although like our present leader Ange Postecoglou, he enjoyed success with three opening Premier League wins (all 1-0) and a manager of the month award. I wrote about Nuno's demise here. "Big Ange" won a record three manager off the month awards at the start of this season and has been nominated again for March when we had three wins and a horrible 3-0 defeat at Fulham. I rather suspect one of the other nominees will win. Two of them lead the current top two.

Forest's Premier League future is on a knife-edge, not helped by the recent four point deduction imposed by the authorities over their Profit & Sustainability rules. Forest are appealing this sanction.

Nuno's Forest had a bright start with wins at Newcastle and at home to Manchester United over the Christmas holiday, but his team have managed only two league wins in this calendar year. One of these was a 3-1 on Tuesday night against a ragged Fulham side, who after beating Spurs have conceded three goals in two consecutive games against Sheffield United and Forest. Marco Silva even hooked three of his players after only half an hour's play.

Forest's goals on Tuesday were scored by former Chelsea man Callum Hudson-Odoi (still just 23), Chris Wood and Morgan Gibbs-White. Forest will travel in good spirits. New Zealand international Wood was signed initially on loan from Newcastle in January last year, but the deal was subsequently made permanent. Wood has hit some form this season, scoring 11 league goals, three of which have been in the last three games. He also scored a hat-trick in the December win over his old club.

When we won in December Richarlison was in the midst of a purple patch when he scored four goals in three games, each won by Spurs. In his press conference, Ange Postecoglou confirmed Brennan Johnson is "fine" and should be "no problem" to be involved but Richarlison "has had a niggle the last couple of weeks and we feel like it's probably better he takes this weekend off and fully recovers". He added that "everyone else is fine" for the fixture.

He also confirmed Manor Solomon is "unlikely to be involved again this year".

Our away win was achieved despite the sending-off of Yves Bissouma for his foul on Ryan Yates. Ryan Yates made his 250th league appearance in Forest's home game against Newcastle. Born in Nottingham in November 1997, Yates is a one-club man apart from early loan spells with Barrow, Shrewsbury, and local rivals Notts County.

My prediction is for a 3-1 home win.

Forest (and Liverpool) recently mourned former defender Larry Lloyd who died aged 75. Lloyd was part of Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest side that won the First Division in 1977-78 before going on to claim back-to-back European Cups. The former England international also won the 1972-73 First Division at Liverpool, along with the UEFA Cup in the same season.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Larry Lloyd," Nottingham Forest said.

"Part of the 'Miracle Men', Larry was an integral player in the Forest side that memorably won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, making 218 appearances for the club in total."

Simon Hooper is refereeing Spurs for the ninth time. Two of his four games with us this season have involved controversy, when we beat Liverpool at home, and drew at Manchester City. Mr Hooper has had charge of 19 Premier League games this season.

Did you know? - Our home game against Nottingham Forest was the first ever live league game broadcast on TV (BBC) on Sunday 2nd October 1983.

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