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Tottenham vs. Norwich Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
20 January 2020
Wednesday 22 January
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Premier League
Jose Mourinho has a great opportunity to lift some of the gloom that’s befallen the early stages of his Tottenham reign in this midweek fixture. The Premier League’s bottom club Norwich City are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night, with the Canaries sliding towards relegation.
Tottenham twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Carrow Road when these teams met over the Christmas period, with a late Harry Kane penalty rescuing a point for the visitors. That was the first meeting between the clubs since Norwich were in the top flight for the 2015/16 season when Spurs won both fixtures 3-0.
There’s no chance of Kane getting on the scoresheet this time round, as the England captain continues to recover from surgery on a hamstring injury. Moussa Sissoko is also set to be out for a few months with an ankle problem, while Ben Davies and Tanguy Ndombele are also sidelined. Hugo Lloris is nearing a return to action though.
Teemu Pukki is expected to make this game after suffering from hamstring and toe injuries. His presence will be crucial to Norwich’s chances, while Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey should both be fit to boost Daniel Farke’s options. Josip Drmic is close to a return from a thigh injury, while Timm Klose continues his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Tottenham vs. Norwich Preview and Predictions
The doom and gloom seems to have set in much earlier than expected for Jose Mourinho at Tottenham, and it’s not hard to imagine what a defeat in this game would do for the Portuguese manager’s mood. Norwich City’s form has disintegrated after a promising start to life back in the Premier League, and relegation now seems almost certain.
The Canaries managed only a single win in their 17 fixtures prior to Saturday’s home game against fellow strugglers Bournemouth, taking only four points from their previous nine fixtures. That’s relegation form however you look at it, and if Tottenham are going to stand any chance of catching up with the top four, this is a must-win game.
Spurs have seen the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea and next season’s Champions League widen once again in the last few weeks, after losing both of their games since the 2-2 draw against Norwich in late December - prior to their trip to a resurgent Watford at the weekend.
With talisman Kane out and Christian Eriksen facing the boos, Mourinho will hope 18-month loan signing Gedson Fernandes can make an instant impact. Whether he does or not, Tottenham are the clear favourites for the win on Wednesday at 1.38, while Norwich are 8.00 and the draw is 5.15.
Tottenham to win to nil at 2.50
Norwich have only managed five goals in 11 away games all season, and their top scorer Pukki has been struggling for form and fitness of late.
Tottenham to win 3-0 at 11.50
The teams may have drawn last month, but Spurs will have home advantage this time round and eased to two 3-0 victories over Norwich the last time the Canaries were in the Premier League.