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Norwich City vs Tottenham preview, predictions and possible XIs

By Oliver Young-Myles

Norwich City v Spurs team news, expected XIs and predictions

Published: 19:15, 27 December 2019 | Updated: 11:45, 29 December 2019

Tottenham will be looking to boost their top-four hopes when they face bottom of the table Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho’s men were unconvincing in victory against Brighton on Boxing Day, but second-half goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli cancelled out Adam Webster’s opener to secure an important three points.

That result, allied to Chelsea’s shock 2-0 defeat to struggling Southampton at Stamford Bridge, means that Spurs are once again only three points off their London rivals in fourth place.

Norwich, meanwhile, slipped to the foot of the table after a 1-0 defeat to fellow relegation battlers Aston Villa at Villa Park on Boxing Day and they are now seven points from safety.

When is Norwich City vs Tottenham and what TV channel is it on?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Carrow Road

Date: Saturday, 28 December 2019

Kick-off: 5:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with coverage starting at 5.00pm.

Last five meetings: Norwich City vs Tottenham

02 Feb 2016: Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham (Premier League)

26 Dec 2015: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City (Premier League)

23 Feb 2014: Norwich City 1-0 Tottenham (Premier League)

14 Sep 2013: Tottenham 2-0 Norwich City (Premier League)

30 Jan 2013: Norwich City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Norwich City (LLWLD) 2-9 Tottenham (WWLWD)

Ones to watch

Norwich City: Emi Buendía

Emi Buendia has caught the eye for Norwich in recent weeks despite the team's poor recent form.

Emi Buendia has caught the eye for Norwich in recent weeks despite the team’s poor recent form.

It has been a tough old season for the Canaries thus far but a shining light in recent months has been their twinkle-toed Argentine playmaker Emi Buendía.

Manchester City maestro Kevin De Bruyne is the only player in the Premier League to have created more chances this season than Buendía while only Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Adama Traore of Wolves can better his 61 successful dribbles.

If Daniel Farke’s side are to squirm themselves to safety during the second half of the season, Buendía will be a key reason why. Conversely, if they are to slip back into the Championship, he will have no shortage of suitors in the summer.

Key stat: Buendía created nine chances and completed nine take-ons during his previous home outing against Wolves.

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane

Harry Kane during a spell with Norwich City in the 2012-13 season.

Harry Kane during a spell with Norwich City in the 2012-13 season.

It seems remarkable to think now that Harry Kane wasn’t deemed good enough to play for a Norwich City side which finished mid-table during the 2012-13 Premier League season.

Kane failed to score across five appearances for Norwich, broke a metatarsal bone in his foot and was recalled four months early by Spurs following a miserable time in East Anglia.

In two matches against Norwich since then, Kane has struck four goals and he will be looking to increase that tally against his former club on what will be his 200th Premier League appearance.

Key stat: Kane has scored 135 Premier League goals from his opening 199 matches in the competition.

Team news

Norwich City

Swiss centre-back Timm Klose remains sidelined for the foreseeable future with a knee problem, Ben Godfrey is out until February with a knee issue of his own and Josip Drmic is scheduled to return from a thigh complaint next month.

It remains to be seen whether Grant Hanley will be fit enough to play after only recently returning to action following a three-month lay-off while Max Aarons received a hefty whack to his Achilles against Aston Villa.

On Aarons, Farke said: ‘I hope it’s not too bad, we have to wait just a short time to recover, just 48 hours, I hope he’s okay for the next game.’

Predicted XI: Krul; Byram, Zimmermann, Amadou, Lewis; Tettey, Vrancic; Buendía, Cantwell, Hernandez; Pukki

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Mourinho has fewer injury issues to contend with than Farke with Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Ben Davies (ankle) the only two first-team players currently sidelined through injury.

However, both Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko are suspended after each collecting their fifth bookings of the season against Brighton while Heung-Min Son serves the second of his three-game ban following his red card against Chelsea.

Tanguy Ndombele was left out of the 18-man squad entirely on Boxing Day but could be back in contention due to the absence of Winks and Sissoko.

Predicted XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Dier, Eriksen; Lucas, Alli, Lo Celso; Kane

Squawka prediction

Norwich City are without a Premier League win since miraculously overcoming the champions Manchester City at Carrow Road in September – a run that now stretches to 14 games.

The Canaries were unfortunate to lose in both of their last two fixtures, squandering numerous chances against Wolves and Aston Villa before going on to lose by a single goal each time.

A similar outcome could await them on Saturday with Spurs looking to build on a fortuitous Boxing Day victory against Brighton. Spurs haven’t kept an away clean sheet in their last 16 league games but with Kane and Dele Alli in good form, they should have enough up front to sneak a narrow win.

Scoreline prediction: Norwich City 1-2 Tottenham


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