In fact, in what was arguably their most impressive showing of the season, they also managed a meager 24% possession in their win against the in-form Aston Villa. This means, of course, that if Forest are to be victorious, they will need to sit deep and be incisive on the counter. This tactic has proven successful against Postecoglou’s men in the past, as the defeats against Wolves and West Ham have shown. Without their lightening quick center-back, Mickey Van de Ven, Spurs will need their defence to be rock solid and alert.
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Another factor that makes Forest so effective at counterattacking is the passing range of Brazilian center-back Murillo Santiago. The summer arrival can pass the ball effectively under pressure and find their attackers who are effective on the break, namely Anthony Elanga and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Welcome Back, Brennan Johnson
Tottenham Hotspur will certainly have their work cut out for them at the City Ground. They can expect to dominate possession and create loads of chances, but they will have to be clinical if they are to return to London with all three points. Being clinical is an issue that the Lilywhites have somewhat struggled with this season, as the games against West Ham and Aston Villa have shown.
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In both of these matches, Spurs created loads of chances but failed to capitalize and eventually fell short. Former Forest player Brennan Johnson will be one to keep an eye on as he returns to the club that he spent 15 years at. The Welshman who has been termed “brilliant” by fans and pundits, has one goal and two assists in eight appearances for his new club but has been guilty of not being clinical enough.
Playing on the right of a front three in the win against Newcastle, he hit the frame of the goal twice and was admittedly unfortunate to miss out on the scoresheet. Luckily for his team, the rest of the attacking talent clicked as they came away with all three points.
Tottenham to Edge It Against a Gritty Forest Side
While it will be difficult to call, the North London club should take all three points as they look to keep pace in the race for Champions League spots. While they have struggled to be clinical against teams who defend with a low block, they have proven that they can score against them. Spurs to win 2-0.