Norwich City-Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview: Deadly Defoe can inspire Spurs to victory

Andre Villas-Boas' men have been left frustrated in recent matches but Willie Duncan is backing them to get back to winning ways against Chris Hughton's side
After back-to-back Premier League draws against Queens Park Rangers and Manchester United respectively, Tottenham Hotspur will look to reinvigorate their challenge for a Champions League qualification place when they travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City on Wednesday.

Despite suffering a disappointing FA Cup exit at the hands of Leeds United on Sunday, Andre Villas-Boas’ side are chalked up as 5/6 (1.83) shots with Bet365 to get back to winning ways by seeing off the Canaries.

Chris Hughton’s men, though, will be desperate to make amends for Saturday’s FA Cup humbling against Conference side Luton Town and the hosts can be backed at 14/5 (3.80) with Bet365 to claim a morale-boosting victory here while the same firm go 11/4 (3.75) that the match ends in stalemate.

If the visitors are to collect all three points from their trip to Carrow Road, they will need to rediscover their scoring touch.

Whilst Spurs are usually free-scoring, they have managed just two goals in their last three outings and have been wasteful in front of goal of late.

With Emmanuel Adebayor currently away on international duty, the fit-again Jermain Defoe, who missed Sunday’s defeat at Elland Road through injury, is likely to be a pivotal figure.

The England international can be backed at a juicy 9/2 (5.50) with Bet365 to bag the opener while Gareth Bale is available at 11/2 (6.50) with the same firm to break the deadlock.

For Norwich, Robert Snodgrass, with five goals to his name this term in all competitions, is available at a chunky 10/1 (11.0) with Bet365 to score first while Grant Holt can be backed at 15/2 (8.50) with the same firm to open the scoring against Spurs.

Spurs have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League matches and can be trusted to defeat the Canaries on Wednesday at Bet365’s tempting 5/6 (1.83) quote while the 9/2 (5.50) available from the same firm for the ever-dangerous Defoe to score first upon his return to the first team is the value selection here.

Tottenham Hotspur to win at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365
Jermain Defoe to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter