Match preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
After a disappointing draw against West Brom in their first home game Spurs will be looking for all 3 points when Norwich City visit White Hart Lane on Saturday
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Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City

Date: Saturday, 1 September 2012
Kick-off: 15:00 BST
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London
Referee: Mark Halsey

Last week Spurs were dealt a killer blow in the dying seconds of the match by West Brom’s James Morrison. After failing to score in the first half, Spurs finally scored the first goal at White Hart Lane this season via cult hero Benoit Assou-Ekotto. West Brom increased the pressure by bringing on Romelu Lukaku and they eventually got their reward when Morrison put the ball in the back of Friedel’s net after a frantic couple of minutes in and around Spurs’ penalty box.

Norwich recovered from their opening day thrashing at the hands of Fulham. The Canaries conceded 5 goals at Craven Cottage that day. Last weekend they managed to secure a draw when QPR vistited Carrow Road. Simeon Jackson opened the score for the home team after 11 minutes. 8 minutes later QPR levelled the score. The referee appointed QPR a penalty after Sebastien Bassong brought Djibril Cissé down in the box. It looked a somewhat harsh decision. Bobby Zamora put away the rebound after Cissé initially hit the post from the penalty spot.

Team news

Spurs

Spurs will be without Younes Kaboul who is out for 4 months after undergoing knee surgery. “We wish him well, a good recovery. The situation reached a point where the player did not feel confidence or stability in the knee, so we decided to operate,” said André Villas-Boas.

Both Scott Parker and Heurelho Gomes are still out due to injuries. Villas-Boas: “On the positive, Gomes and Parker are making good recoveries. I think we are looking at one, two more weeks, which if you take into account the international break, both players will be available after that, at least in training.”

Jan Vertonghen will likely make his second start alongside William Gallas. New signing Moussa Dembélé could make his debut for Spurs today.

Norwich

Simon Lappin is out due to an ankle ligament injury he picked up during The Canaries’ midweek Capital One Cup victory against Scunthorpe. Elliot Bennett, Elliot Ward and Steven Whittaker also miss out due to injuries.

Robert Snodgrass returns to the fold after a minor leg problem. New signing Alex Tettey is likely to take a seat on the bench. New loan signing Harry Kane is unlikely to face his own club due to terms of the loan deal.

Head-to-head

  • Tottenham have won 6 of their 10 previous Premier League meetings with Norwich, drawn 4 and lost twice.
  • 6 of the last 8 league meetings between these sides have ended in an away win.
  • The Canaries won 2-1 in April at White Hart Lane last season, while Spurs won 2-0 at Carrow Road in December 2011.
  • The highest-scoring match between the two sides at White Hart Lane came when Spurs won 5-1 in the Premier League in 1993.

KickOff Stats

Once again the lads over at KickOff have provided us with interesting stats that will help you to make some good predictions on the match.

Run-in

  • Spurs have won 65%, drawn 20% and lost 15% of their last 20 home games.
  • Norwich have won 25%, drawn 25% and lost 50% of their last 20 away games.

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City run-in

Goals

  • Spurs last failed to score at home some 26 games ago.
  • Norwich have scored no more than 1 goal in 12 of their last 20 away games, going on to win 0, draw 3 and lose 9 of these matches.
  • In their last 20 home games, 83% of the 40 goals scored by Spurs have come in open play, whilst 18% have come from set-pieces.

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City goals

Scoreline

  • Norwich last kept a clean sheet on their travels some 21 games ago.
  • Spurs have kept a clean sheet in 45% of their last 20 home games.
  • When Spurs opened the scoring at home they went on to win 13 times and drawing twice in their last 20 games.

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City probability full-time result

First goalscorer

  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored 23% of the goals netted by Spurs in their last 20 home games.
  • Grant Holt has scored 25% of the goals netted by Norwich in their last 20 away games.

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City first goalscorer

Total Tottenham prediction

Norwich have had a tough start to the season and have looked shaky defensively. Spurs will be looking for the first 3 points of the season and with the new boys all raring to go this game could see a frantic opening 15 minutes. Norwich remain a dangerous side on the counter-attack though, with big man Grant Holt an obvious threat during set-pieces.

It will be key for Spurs to open the score as they have won 65% of their last 20 matches when they opened the score. Last week the team missed a host of chances first half which probably dented their confidence a bit. If we can hit the ground running and get an early goal these doubts will probably subside and the game could be out of sight for Norwich pretty quickly.

It will be interesting to see how the team will line up after the departure of both Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart. Expect either Dembélé or Sigurdsson to play just behind the striker. Dempsey could also play that position, but because of his late deadline day move he’s not eligible to play for Spurs yet.

Final score: 3-1. Adebayor to open his account for the season. Dembélé will provide an assist for one of the goals and Norwich might concede a penalty due to Spurs’ constant attack of their box.

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