Former Spurs and Forest man predicting 'brilliant' League Cup encounter

Steve Hodge played in a number of thrilling encounters between his two former clubs and is expecting Wednesday’s match to be no different.

24-time capped England international Hodge started his career at Nottingham Forest in 1980, joining Spurs in 1986, before returning to the City Ground after two years in North London.

The midfielder played in a number of ties between the two clubs during his 10-year spell with both, appearing for Spurs as they lost the 1987 FA Cup, then losing it as a Forest player in 1991, as the North Londoners claimed the trophy.

Alongside his runners-up medals, the now 51-year-old won the League Cup with Forest, before winning the First Division title with Leeds in 1992. He was also part of the England squad who reached the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup under Bobby Robson.

Having been involved in a number of high-profile ties with his two former clubs, Hodge is predicting Wednesday night’s game to be entertaining and full of goals.

Speaking to the official Spurs website, Hodge said: “Matches involving Spurs and Nottingham Forest are brilliant games – they always have been.

“The two clubs go back a long way. I could go back to playing in the first live televised Sunday afternoon game for Forest against Spurs in 1983, while the FA Cup final in 1991 is another one that springs to mind with Paul Gascoigne’s involvement.

“I remember I actually scored two on my return to Tottenham in the League Cup quarter-final replay in 1989-90 as well. I’ve played probably 10 games involving Spurs and Forest over the years and they’ve always been either 2-2 or 4-1! They always were entertaining games and I’ll guarantee here and now there’ll be goals on Wednesday.”

Forest enter the match looking to extend their unbeaten run at the start of the season, having yet to lose any of their eight Championship matches, or their two previous League Cup fixtures.

On the other hand, Spurs have yet to impress under new head coach Mauricio Pochettino, having won two and lost two of their five Premier League games this campaign. With Forest scoring freely, and Spurs defending questionably, Hodge’s prediction of a goal-heavy game may just come to fruition.

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