Any punter considering backing Tottenham to beat Nottingham Forest at 3/5 needs to be strapped into a chair with matchsticks placed under their eyelids and forced to review the Lilywhites’ meeting with West Brom in it’s entirety.
The visitors are flying in the Championship and look generously-priced for victory in the teams’ White Hart Lane Capital One Cup clash at 4/1, with the draw a 31/10 shot.
Tottenham have scored in just one of their last three outings.
Mauricio Pochettino’s attack is misfiring right now, with Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado yet to prove their profligacy is a passing trend and Emmanuel Adebayor off the pace and underconfident.
This lack of penetration up top (they managed a solitary shot on target against the Baggies) merely applies greater pressure on a seriously moody rearguard.
Spurs will be frying one of their season’s biggest fish at the weekend.
Younes Kaboul may insist, “the game on Wednesday is important because we want to win something this season”, but it’s hard to imagine victory ranking higher than avoiding a tonking at the hands of Arsenal in the Tottenham hierarchy.
It’s hard to imagine Pochettino knows his best XI, but that shouldn’t stop him diluting the teamsheet here with a bigger test dead ahead.
Forest are unbeaten in ten games this season, winning seven times.
Stuart Pearce’s side are top of the shop in the second tier and the fact that they’ve yet to taste defeat means they’ll have plenty of 5/4 double-chance backers among those too conservative to invest in an away victory.
Britt Assombalonga has bagged eight times in as many games for the Tricky Trees.
Such was the disarray in which the Lilywhites’ defence found themselves against West Brom at the weekend that they might have been on the wrong end of an embarrassment had the Baggies boasted an in-form striker like Mr Assombalonga.
The spirit of Old Big ‘Ead will be in attendance.
A re-run of the 1991 FA Cup final couldn’t have come at a more apt time for a club feeling pretty good about themselves right now.
Travelling Forest fans will be donning the trademark green sweatshirts of Brian Clough to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the death of the gaffer who led them that day at Wembley, while playing under a man who scored as his left-back in the fixture.