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Premier League

  • December 27, 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 26807

Premier League Preview: Norwich City v Tottenham

Matches involving the Canaries have seen 58 goals scored so far this season, so plenty of goalmouth action is expected at Carrow Road on Tuesday, where hosts have injury troubles



Martin, Barnett, Whitbread, Tierney
Bennett, Hoolahan, Johnson, Pilkington
Morison, Holt


Walker, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto
Modric, Parker, Sandro, Bale
Defoe, Adebayor
Norwich City welcome Tottenham to Carrow Road on Tuesday with the possibility of jumping up one place to eighth, but several first-team members will miss out.

Ritchie De Laet, on loan from Manchester United, is doubtful for the match with a back injury while James Vaughan (knee), Elliott Ward (knee) are definitely ruled out and Kyle Naughton is ineligible as he cannot play against his parent club.

Harry Redknapp will also have to cope without a few first-teamers as Spurs hope to close the gap on United, who are currently seven points ahead in second.

Michael Dawson is out until the end of the month with an Achilles injury, while Aaron Lennon won’t be back due to a hamstring tear and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) is also still a week away from fitness.

Spurs also have a number of players doubtful as Ledley King (knee), Younes Kaboul (hamstring) and Jermain Defoe (hamstring) will have to wait for fitness tests to determine whether they are match-ready.

  • Norwich haven’t scored in any of their last four matches against Spurs.
  • The last time Paul Lambert’s side beat Spurs was back in December 1993, in a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane.
  • Norwich have scored four more headed goals than any other team in the Premier League this season with 11.
  • Lambert’s team are one of only two sides yet to keep a clean sheet this term, with Blackburn Rovers being the other.
  • Tottenham have won four of the last five meetings with the Canaries.
  • Spurs’ last visit to Carrow Road ended in a 2-0 win for the side then managed by Martin Jol.
  • Tottenham have lost just one match in their last 14.
  • Spurs have only failed to win three of their last eight away matches.
  • Norwich have only lost two matches at home so far this season.

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Available Squads
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
3Adam DruryDefender
6Zak WhitbreadDefender
44Ritchie De LaetDefender
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
15David FoxMidfielder
5Steve MorisonStriker
9Grant HoltStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
5S. BassongDefender
3Danny RoseDefender
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
9Roman PavlyuchenkoStriker
Players to Watch
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The 30-year-old centre-forward hasn’t been as involved as he had perhaps expected, or wanted, but the former Shrewsbury Town man has managed to get his season back on track in recent weeks.

After starting to make an impact from the bench, the forward has four goals in his last four home games and in the process has made himself the Canaries’ top scorer.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Welshman has been in good form recently, looking particularly dangerous in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, and he will no doubt be the man Spurs look to in order to create chances given the lack of wingers available to Harry Redknapp’s team.

Given Norwich’s defensive injuries, there will be even more emphasis on the left-sided player as he will be expected to make the most of the frailties and lack of a consistent backline.


Matches involving Norwich have led to 58 goals this season and it would be a surprise if the visit of Spurs doesn’t yield more, with the London club averaging two a game this term.

Norwich’s last home match saw the Canaries put four past a then high-flying Newcastle United, but Spurs’ decent away record this season will give Redknapp’s team the upper hand as they travel to East Anglia.

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