Paul Merson has followed suit with just about every other pundit on the planet and backed Nottingham Forest to lose today.

The Reds face a Bank Holiday showdown with Tottenham at the City Ground, with Antonio Conte bringing his team Trentside.

Forest have four points from their first three games in the Premier League and they won on home soil last time against West Ham.

Today, Steve Cooper will welcome Champions League opposition to the City Ground but the stadium looks set to be rocking.

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Merson thinks Forest are in for a thrashing though and has backed the Reds to get comfortably beaten on home soil.

He told Sportskeeda: “Tottenham need to get through the first 20 minutes unscathed this weekend. If Forest score first, the home crowd will be raucous.

“That’ll put a bit of air in the home side’s lungs, and they might be able to ride their luck along the way.

“The longer this Premier League game goes on, the better it will be for Tottenham. They will open Nottingham Forest up and there’s a sense of ruthlessness about them.

“Tottenham should be able to secure a comfortable victory this weekend.”

Forest backed to lose by Merson

Another day and another article backing Forest to get battered this afternoon. Still, at least Merson thinks the scoreline might stay respectable!

Chris Sutton backed Forest to be on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline earlier this week and that upset lots of supporters.

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One thing is for sure, the Reds will have a go. Cooper’s team will be under no illusions that the home form will dictate what sort of season they have.

Having taken four points from the opening three games, Forest now have to play Tottenham and Manchester City back-to-back.

The Reds will fancy the challenge of testing themselves against world-class opposition and supporters will hope Merson is proved wrong.

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