Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 23rd February 2014 at 16:00. Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.

Odds: Norwich City 3/1, Draw 5/2, Tottenham Hotspur 15/13

Last season: 1-1

Preview & injury news

There is a bit of pressure on Norwich boss Chris Hughton going into this game having been told he must improve the club's fortunes after their loss to West Ham United last time out. That, incidentally, sees the Canaries hovering dangerously above the relegation zone by just a point in 16th place. After this match against Spurs they have got a friendlier set of fixtures before a horrible looking final four, meaning a draw is probably the minimum the side needs.

They may have an opportunity this weekend because they face a Spurs side who have been on their travels in the Europa League - though Tim Sherwood decided to leave a couple of key players behind with the pursuit of Champions League football in mind, namely Emmanuel Adebayor and Kyle Walker. After their 4-0 win over Newcastle United at St James' Park, Spurs see themselves three points behind Liverpool who are in the coveted fourth spot, and for the Spurs fans who dare to dream a little, they are seven points off the leaders with 12 games to go.

On the injury front, Norwich are without Michael Turner who has a hamstring problem or Elliot Bennett who has a knee injury. However, there is a chance that Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Bennett and Jonny Howson could be available for selection for the home side. 

For Spurs, concerns over Danny Rose who had a knock seem to have been eradicated after he played 90 minutes in the Europa League 1st leg defeat to Dnipro in Ukraine but they are still without record signing Erik Lamela. They are also without the goalscorer from the reverse fixture in Gylfi Sigurdsson with a thigh injury whilst Vlad Chiriches has a back problem.

Key stats

Here are the two sides top scorers in the Premier League this season:

Gary Hooper Norwich FW 5 21 1,549
Leroy Fer Norwich MF 3 25 2,149
Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 8 11 908
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 5 21 1,601
Paulinho Spurs MF 4 20 1,694

Their average possession statistics during this campaign:

NamePossession PercentagePlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 54.12 26
Norwich City 45.50 26

And the amount of clean sheets they have kept: 

NameClean SheetPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 11 26
Norwich City 9 26

5 players to watch

Leroy Fer - Fer is a midfielder that has a lot in his locker and will be up against a midfield that has a lot of strength and creativity. But Fer can break up the play, pass the ball well and provide a goal threat, so he can be a thorn in the side of Spurs this weekend. 

Emmanuel Adebayor - Adebayor didn't travel with the Spurs side to Ukraine in order to give the in form a striker a bit of a rest. Will Tim Sherwood's decision reap the rewards and produce another match winning performance from his star man?

Sebastian Bassong - And the man who will have the objective of keeping Adebayor quiet is former Spurs man Bassong. There needs to be a stern defensive performance from the Canaries and their leader at the back has got to set the example as every point counts down at the bottom.

Andros Townsend - Recently returned from injury, he played a fairly length part of the Europa League tie against Dnipro in midweek. He was talked about as the next big thing at the start of the season and will be hoping to rediscover that kind of form as the business end of the season approaches. 

Gary Hooper - The Canaries main goal threat this season, and they need someone to bang in the goals to help them stay in the league this season, and make Carrow Road a fortress between now and the end of the season. Will Hooper have his shooting boots on this weekend?

Earlier on in the season

Tottenham 2-0 Norwich City, September 2013

The day belonged to Gylfi Sigurdsson as it was his brace that gave Tottenham the win at White Hart Lane. For his first goal he combined well with debutant Christian Eriksen playing an inside ball that allowed Sigurdsson to shift it out of his feet and curl it beyond John Ruddy. The second goal was a little more simple as the Icelander turned in Paulinho's cross in what proved to be a comfortable victory for Spurs.

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