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Spurs: Ivan Perisic could destroy Nottingham Forest today

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to make it four games unbeaten in the Premier League as they head to the Midlands to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground this evening.

Antonio Conte’s side started the new season with a bang by thrashing Southampton 4-1 before drawing 2-2 to Chelsea and then picking up another victory last weekend, narrowly defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0.

Now the free-spending newcomers stand in their way of continuing their near-perfect start.

A win would take them to within touching distance of league leaders and arch-rivals Arsenal heading into next week’s doubleheader.

It does leave the Italian head coach with plenty to ponder ahead of kick-off, does he stick or twist with a winning team? His side play three games in the next seven days and then have the Champions League group stage soon after.

One question mark could be at left wing-back, where summer signing Ivan Perisic, 33, has seemed to emerge as the starter over Ryan Sessegnon.

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He managed 76 minutes in what was his first start for the club, having only made 24-minute and 11-minute cameos in the two previous outings due to his fitness, per Transfermarkt.

Conte could be tempted to go with the fresher legs of the England U21 international, knowing the busy fixture list ahead but the wise decision could be to keep the faith in the veteran Croatian.

Heading into the weekend’s fixtures, the Reds had conceded more chances from the right flank than any other side (23) – ten more than anyone else.

Perisic has delivered two assists already this campaign and few can put in a cross like he can in this Spurs squad. Indeed, the former Inter Milan star has averaged two crosses per game in the Premier League, which currently tops the charts at Hotspur Way.

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It’s no wonder Paul Merson claimed that the £180k-per-week maestro “makes things happen on the pitch“.

Sessegnon, by comparison, is yet to provide an accurate cross, so if he starts instead, the Lilywhites wouldn’t be making the most of Forest’s major weakness.

As such, Perisic – who has been dubbed a “mentality monster” by i journalist Oliver Young-Myles – must start again today, he could completely destroy the home side with his delivery second to none.

You can forget about Heung-min Son on the left wing as Harry Kane should feast off the Croatian’s two-footed and set-piece ability and that puts Conte’s squad in a very strong position.

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