Match Preview – Nottingham Forest (H)

Tottenham return to Capital One Cup action this week as they take on old league cup rivals, Nottingham Forest.

The league cup

Tottenham and the League cup is a relationship that has formed quite well since the Carling Cup winning side of 2008. Spurs managed to get all the way back to the final in 2009 however previous seasons have shown a more concentrated focus on the league itself rather than the former Worthington Cup. Spurs have a good history in the competition however. Since 1971, Tottenham have picked the trophy up 4 times (1971, 1973, 1999, 2008). Spurs have given fans their most treasured memory in recent years after beating Chelsea 2-1 in Wembley Stadium in 2008 to see Spurs legends Ledley King and Robbie Keane lift the coveted trophy together.

Statistics (via BBC Sport)

Nottingham Forest have knocked out Spurs on each of the last three occasions they have been drawn together in the League Cup (1989-90, 1991-92, 1992-93). Forest have scored in 15 of their last 16 trips to White Hart Lane in all competitions, winning 10 (D4, L2). Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four matches against Forest in all competitions (W3, D1). The last meeting between the sides was in the FA Cup fifth round in March 2005. Tottenham won a replay 3-0 at the City Ground after a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Spurs have made it past the third round of the League Cup in eight of their last 10 attempts. After winning their first four matches of the season in all competitions, they are without a win in their last four games (D2 L2) and have scored just two goals in those matches. They have won the League Cup four times, in 1970-71, 1972-73, 1998-1999, 2007-2008.

Opposition focus

Forest have been eliminated in each of their last three third round matches in the League Cup. They have not lost any of their 10 matches in all competition so far this season. They have conceded just seven goals in those games. They have won the League Cup four times, in 1977-78, 1978-79, 1988-89 and 1989-90.

Team news

Michel Vorm and Roberto Soldado are expected to start for Spurs. Kyle Walker remains sidelined after his operation.

Predictions

Starting XI – Vorm, Davies, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Lennon, Mason, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Soldado, Kane

Score – Tottenham 2-1 Nottingham Forest

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