‘An idiot’ – Chris Sutton offers blunt view of Spurs and Forest prediction

Former Celtic and Blackburn Rovers forward Chris Sutton has shared his score prediction prior to the Premier League encounter between Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest

Tottenham need to try and dust themselves and salvage their season somewhat after a dreadful ten days which has seen them end any hopes of lifting silverware for the first time in fifteen years.

Antonio Conte‘s own future as head coach is now significantly in doubt after reports over the past few days have claimed that the Italian looks increasingly likely to depart the club this summer once his current contract has expired (Daily Mail).

Ten days ago, Tottenham’s season looked to have plenty of possibilities left to it with the club still in the FA Cup, a second leg against AC Milan in the Champions League to look forward to and also had the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and Newcastle United in fourth place in the Premier League table.

Sutton was critical of Tottenham’s inconsistent form which has plagued them this season and believes that they have gone backwards.

The ex-striker also did not pull any punches with his opinion of Cristian Romero, who saw red for the second time this season when he was shown a second yellow card late in the second half of the Champions League exit to AC Milan in midweek.

He told BBC Sport: “I am absolutely sick of Tottenham’s inconsistency – the latest example of which came in their draw with AC Milan on Wednesday that saw them knocked out of Europe.

“Spurs defender Cristian Romero was an idiot to get himself sent off with a needless wild tackle – where is your discipline and team ethic when you need it? – but it was a dismal night for them all round.

“The worst thing about their performance was because there was so much at stake.

“They had already played a weakened team against Championship side Sheffield United in the FA Cup last week and gone out of that, which really annoyed a lot of their fans because they haven’t won a trophy since they lifted the League Cup in 2008.

“I shouldn’t be surprised though, because so many of their performances all season have been really poor, even when they’ve won – give or take the odd moment where they have played well and made people think they are heading in the right direction.

“That’s not the case – there is a pattern with Spurs over the past few months when you look at their run of results where they win a couple, then lose a couple, or win one week and lose the next.

“That represents a really disappointing season for Tottenham and I think they have gone backwards. They lack a ball-playing midfielder and the boos from their fans after the Milan game showed what they think of the situation.

“Now Antonio Conte’s side are only playing for fourth place, and for some pride after going three games without a win and going out of two competitions.

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“But you know what that means. Yes, we will see a response from Spurs and they will probably win this one comfortably.

“If it happens, let’s not pretend it will mean they have turned the corner.

“Forest have got the worst away record in the top flight with only one win, and six points in total, from 12 games. And Steve Cooper’s side got beaten 4-0 by West Ham the last time they were on the road.

“Sutton’s prediction: 3-1.”

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