Two sides harbouring different ambitions face off in Norfolk, in a game which has all the trappings of producing fireworks.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 28th, December
Kickoff: 18:30 UK time
Venue: Carrow Road
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Conor Hourihane’s effort was enough for Aston Villa to see off whipping team, Norwich on Boxing Day, stretching their winless streak in the Premier League to six.
Daniel Farke’s side have won just three of their 19 league games so far, and prop up the standings with 12 points, seven shy of safety.
The Canaries were soundly beaten over both legs by Tottenham during their last campaign in the topflight, losing both home and away fixtures by 3-0 score lines, and this is looking another crack nut affair for them.
Jose Mourinho’s charges bounced back from the loss to Chelsea with a win over Brighton on Thursday, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli providing the tonic for the side who were shorn of Son Heung-Min due to suspension.
The win was not in any way straightforward, but Mourinho must have been relieved to see his side cancel out Adam Webster’s opener to give him his fifth league win from his seven games in the topflight since taking the reins at the London club.
With fourth-placed Chelsea playing Arsenal on Sunday in a game which could see the Blues drop points, will the Lilywhites really fancy their chances of finishing the year in the top four?
Timm Klose, Josip Drmic and Ben Godfrey are all not available for Norwich here due to injuries.
The duo of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko picked up their fifth bookings for the season against Brighton, and are both unavailable here alongside Son who will serve the second game of his three-match ban.
Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies are still not yet back from injuries.
Head to head
This will be the 66th meeting between these two teams since they first squared up in January 1915.
Tottenham have 29 games to Norwich’s 20, while 16 have ended as draws.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in eight of Norwich’s last nine home games in the Premier League.
Tottenham have yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in the Premier League this season and Norwich have not kept a clean sheet in a home league game this season.
Norwich will have to make a big statement sooner rather than later if they will remain in the topflight after this season, as their run of just a solitary win in their last 14 league games is not good enough. Norwich’s last five league games (LLDLL)
Tottenham are eyeing Champions League qualification, and will be buoyed by their latest victory which has put them in good stead come the start of the year. Tottenham’s last five league games (LWWLW)
This is very likely to be ‘shoot-out’. Norwich are not very much known for keeping out goals, and up against a team of Tottenham ilk will struggle to contain the pressure, suffice to say they have the division’s worst defence with 38 goals conceded. Only the top three sides have scored more goals than Tottenham, so I will take a ‘tentative’ over 3.5 goals (8/5) to emerge from this game.
Or then, looking out for a value punt on the goalscorers market, Harry Kane to hit the last goal for the visitors at 14/5 could be worth one’s money.