Tottenham are back on the road and this time they will turn their attention to the EFL Cup when they face Nottingham Forest in the third round on Wednesday evening.
Antonio Conte’s charges are eight points adrift of Premier League table toppers Arsenal after a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
Once again, Tottenham were made to pay the price for a slow start and that has encapsulated their problems of late.
Spurs have been craving silverware for a long time, and the last time they got their hands on the League Cup was back in 2008.
Forest, on the other hand, are four-time winners of the competition, but they have only advanced past the third round once in their past 17 attempts.
However, this competition may not be high on the list of Steve Cooper’s priorities, especially as they are in a battle to salvage their Premier League status this term.
But how will this clash unravel? We have pinpointed a couple of tips that are worth tucking into ahead of kick-off.
Tottenham to punch their ticket into the fourth round
Earlier in the season, Tottenham ran out 2-0 winners at the City Ground with a Harry Kane double proving to be the difference. There was also a bit of showboating exhibited by Richarlison, however, the Brazilian will be unavailable due to injury.
In their previous encounter in this competition, Tottenham chalked up a 3-1 victory, but it’s fair to say it could well be a tighter contest.
Tottenham have the propensity to be too passive in recent games, and it has often been a tale of two halves – going a goal or two behind in the first half, and then trying to mount a comeback in the second. Perhaps they may count themselves unfortunate that they didn’t muster an equaliser against Liverpool given the pressure they exerted, but Conte will have been frustrated.
With Son Heung-Min also out through injury, Tottenham will be bereft of some much-needed pace on the counter, however, they should have enough to get over the line.
Although Tottenham have only conceded once in their past three encounters in all competitions with Forest, this may be less one sided.
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Dejan Kulusevski back up and running
After almost six weeks spent on the sidelines, Dejan Kulusevski was eased back into the action with a 22-minute cameo role against Liverpool.
While it came in a losing cause, Kulusevski was a bright spark and he set up Harry Kane for the goal and he gave Tottenham a much-needed impetus.
Kulusevski could be thrown in from the start against Forest, and he has a penchant for scoring on his travels – he netted five teams in the league last term.
And the Swedish winger could well break the deadlock in this game. If you like the look of the Goalscorer Markets, then Kulusevski is available at 13/2 to open the scoring with William Hill.