Wednesday 4 March Hillsborough - FA Cup Manchester City will be pushing for a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals when they take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The Blues are looking to... Continue reading
Tottenham vs. Norwich Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
04 March 2020
Wednesday 4 March
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – FA Cup
Tottenham may be in poor form going into Wednesday’s FA Cup tie, but should still prove too much for Norwich who are without a win in four. With a massive uphill battle on their hands to stay in the Premier League, the Canaries probably won’t mind an exit at this stage.
Norwich managed to hold Tottenham to a draw when the sides met at Carrow Road in their first meeting of this season. However, Spurs got their revenge a month a later, winning 2-1 when the return fixture was played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Jose Mourinho has made his displeasure at having no fit forwards very clear, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min both potentially out for the rest of the season. However, the Spurs manager needs to find a solution with a fair bit of the campaign left to play, and has been experimenting with January signing Steven Bergwijn as a striker.
Canaries boss Daniel Farke may look to rotate his team on Tuesday, with a FA Cup run far from Norwich’s priorities at the moment. Lucas Rupp may reclaim his spot on the flank, whist Teemu Pukki may be rested with youth player Adam Idah hoping to feature.
Tottenham vs. Norwich Preview and Predictions
Norwich sit bottom of the Premier League, and are unlikely to get any respite from a midweek trip to Tottenham in the FA Cup. Despite their lack of fit strikers, Spurs have overwhelmingly the stronger squad and will be able to rotate their starting XI without vastly weakening the side.
For visiting boss Farke, despite benefiting from a longer rest having played on Friday, the decision will be whether to field his strongest side and aim to restore moral, or to field a line-up made up primarily of youth and squad players.
The calibre of players that the respective managers are willing to risk in this Tuesday evening cup tie will impact heavily on the result, as well as on the quality of the game. With Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth both potentially missing out, Mourinho may have to again change shape, with only three senior centre-backs fully fit.
For Spurs, the FA Cup provides a genuine opportunity for a trophy in what is likely to otherwise be a largely unsuccessful season. The north London club sit four points off fourth place, and are level on points with an in-form Sheffield United, who look as likely to progress up the table as Tottenham. It may then be a calculated risk for the manager to go big in the cup, justifying his first campaign with a piece of silverware.
For Norwich, a cup run may be a pleasant distraction. However, as seen with Wigan in 2013, a distraction is exactly what a club fighting relegation doesn’t need, which is likely to weigh heavily on Farke’s selection on Tuesday. That said, every Norwich fan would probably take an FA Cup triumph to go along with what seems to be their certain drop back down to the Championship.
Lucas Moura to score anytime at 2.15
The Brazilian has deputised well for Harry Kane in the past, and is deceptively useful in the air for his height.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 2.30
Neither side may be particularly motivated on Tuesday, with Spurs lacking attacking impetus.