Match Preview – Norwich (Away)

Tottenham travel to Norwich this weekend in the hope they will bounce back from their appalling display in Ukraine on Thursday. Although desperately chasing top four, a win at Carrow Road could see former coach and player Chris Hughton face the sack from the Canaries.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches against Norwich (W1, D2). They won the reverse fixture 2-0 at White Hart Lane in September. Norwich have not beaten Spurs in seven league matches at Carrow Road since Lee Power and Ian Crook scored in a 2-1 win in April 1991. The Canaries have failed to score in five of their last seven home fixtures against Tottenham, and scored just once on the other two occasions. The next goal scored by Spurs will be their 100th against Norwich in all competitions.

Norwich have taken just eight points from the last available 33 (W1, D5, L5).
The Canaries have failed to score in six of their last 10 league games, including the last two. In total they are without a goal in 265 Premier League minutes. Summer signings Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander have produced just one goal and six shots on target between them this season, despite playing a combined 1,961 minutes of Premier League football. Chris Hughton’s side have scored more than once in the league on only three occasions this season. The Canaries are the only Premier League side yet to scored through a substitute.

Spurs have won 23 points since Tim Sherwood took charge of his first Premier League game on 22 December – second only to Chelsea (24). They have scored in all 10 league games under Sherwood, amassing 21 goals. Victory for Tottenham would equal their best points tally after 27 games of a Premier League season (53 in 2011-12). Spurs have the division’s best away record (29 points). They have won eight and lost just one of their last 11 away games. Emmanuel Adebayor has scored eight goals from 13 shots on target in just 908 Premier League minutes, an average of a goal every 114 minutes. Adebayor has scored or set up 14 goals (11 goals, three assists) in his last 17 league appearances for Tottenham.

Injury wise, Norwich have E Bennett (knee), R Bennett (thigh), Gutiérrez (calf) and Turner (hamstring) all out of action. Howson faces a late fitness check. For Tottenham, Erik Lamela (back/thigh), Vlad Chiriches (back), Gylfi Sigurdsson (muscle strain) and Sandro (calf) remain out. Mousa Dembélé will face a late fitness check on his ankle.

Predicted team: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Paulinho, Dembélé; Eriksen, Adebayor, Defoe. (4-4-2)

Predicted score: Norwich 1-3 Tottenham

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