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Premier League

  • April 9, 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 36126

Tottenham - Norwich Preview: Hosts look to improve recent form and continue charge for Champions League place

Having now gone four games unbeaten, Spurs will be looking to take another three points at White Hart Lane against a Canaries side who have just won just once in their last eight



Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto
Parker, Sandro, Modric
Van der Vaart, Adebayor, Bale


Martin, R. Bennett, Ward, Drury
Bennett, Fox, Howson, Surman, Hoolahan

With a number of their key players replaced in the goalless draw away to Sunderland, Harry Redknapp is unlikely to make any changes to his side, with no new injury or suspension concerns to contend with.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert rarely makes alterations to his side, and despite the short space between games, is unlikely to change this policy.

  • Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured right) has been caught offside the most times in the Premier League this season, and is their leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 13 since joining on loan from Manchester City via Real Madrid.
  • After their win over Swansea in their last home game, Tottenham have now achieved the rare feat of defeating teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland this season, having previously faced Hearts and Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.
  • The first meeting between these two sides this season was on December 27, and finished in a comfortable 2-0 win for Spurs at Carrow Road thanks to a brace from Welshman Gareth Bale.
  • Both sides were founder members of the Premier League in the 1992-93 season, and in nine games played between the two, Norwich have only recorded one victory: a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane in the 1993-94 season.
  • Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton is currently on loan to Norwich City, and has only made one appearance for his parent club, as a 94th minute substitute away to West Ham in August 2009.
  • These two sides faced each other in the 1973 League Cup final at Wembley, with a 72nd minute goal from Ralph Coates handing Tottenham a 1-0 victory.
  • Despite reaching 40 Premier League points thanks to their 2-2 draw at home to Everton, Norwich have only taken five points from their last six games, with a 2-1 win at home to Wolves helping lift them 12 points clear of the relegation zone.
  • Norwich’s Adam Drury has been at the club since 2001, and is the only player in the squad who was part of the Canaries’ most recent season in the Premier League in 2004-05; he has been inducted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame.

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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
20Ledley KingDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseDefender
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
3Adam DruryDefender
22Elliot WardDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
31Jed SteerGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
Players to Watch
Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Tottenham’s recent struggles in the Premier League, they will be hopeful their Dutch talisman can ignite their attacking play and give them an added potency at White Hart Lane after a disappointing run of results.
Grant Holt
Grant Holt
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The frontman has been a revelation in his first season in the Premier League, and has caused problems for defences up and down the country. He could be problematic again, with his aerial threat and sheer strength likely to make life uncomfortable for Tottenham’s defence.
Having played out tough draws on Saturday, this game may be a struggle for both sides. However, with home advantage, Tottenham will be confident of reversing their recent poor form and returning to winning ways, and should have enough to see off the Canaries.
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