Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City 23 January 20

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Match Day 23
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Norwich City
Thursday, January 23rd 2020
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W D L L D
Average goals per match: 1.57
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (11)

Norwich City:
Last five matches form: L D D L W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.96
Top Scorer: Teemu Pukki (10)

Two sides looking for a second half of the season significantly better than the first lock horns in North London on Match Day 24 in the Premier League, as eighth placed Tottenham Hotspur do battle with rock bottom Norwich City.

Champion's League football remains the main aim for Spurs, and whilst they clearly have work to do in that regard, a win in this one would close the gap to fourth placed Chelsea to six points.

Unusually for Norwich they head into this game on the back of a win list time out having beaten Bournemouth at home. Still six points off safety though, they are going to need a lot more where that came from.

Norwich did pretty well in the reverse fixture when holding spurs to a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road. The most recent clash between the sides in North London came at White Hart Lane in the 2014/15 Premier League season - Spurs running out 3-0 winners on that occasion.

Ben Davies, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko are all out injured for the home side. Norwich will be without the injured Timm Klose and suspended Ben Godfrey.

Spurs are on a poor run having won only one of their past six in the league. They have won six of eleven at home, scoring two or more in all six of those games.

Norwich have lost eight of eleven on the road, winning just once and failing to score on seven occasions.

Even in the absence of Harry Kane, Tottenham look to hold a significant edge in terms of attacking threat here and ought to get back to winning ways.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1 Norwich City

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 14 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 51% - 49%


Just the one booking at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Todd Cantwell of the away side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Chris Kavanagh.


Norwich had an excellent chance early when Teemu Pukki was slipped in in the left of the area. Somewhat uncharacteristically though the Finn could only fire wide of the target.


It was Spurs who then took the lead seven minutes before the break. Serge Aurier played in down the right and playing a low ball across the box. Dele Alli getting to it first to prod home down the middle from the edge of the six yard box. 1-0 at the interval.


Norwich then drew level twenty minutes from time. Ryan Sessegnon misjudging his challenge and bringing down Max Aarons in the right of the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Teem Pukki finishing low to the right hand side - the keeper getting a hand to it but being unable to keep it out.


Nine minutes later the home side restored their advantage. Dele Alli striking at goal from a pretty tight angle in the right of the area and the ball taking a big deflection to loop up and over Tim Krul. It may have been going in anyway, but Son Heung-Min made sure when heading home from practically on the line at the far post.

2-1 it finished.

Decent midweek for Spurs with both Chelsea and Manchester United failing to win. Mourinho's men move up to sixth and are now six points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea in the race for the Champion's League. Another game slips by for Norwich who remain rock bottom and six points adrift of safety.

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