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Norwich vs Tottenham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Predicted Score

Tottenham take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon looking to close the gap on the top four. Here’s a match preview with team news and prediction

Carrow Road

Tottenham take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday afternoon looking to close the gap on the top four.

Spurs head into the game sitting three points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool and with the Reds also playing tomorrow, it’s going to be an important day in the race for Champions League qualification.

Tim Sherwood continued his impressive league form with a 4-0 win away at Newcastle last time out, but the north Londoners slumped to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League 32 clash with Dnipro on Thursday so they will want to get back to winning ways this weekend.

They should be confident of doing so against a Norwich side that have won just 1 of their last 10 Premier League fixtures and currently sit just one point clear of the relegation zone.

However, Chris Hughton’s men haven’t played since losing 2-0 to West Ham back on February 11th,  so they should be well rested and will be looking to move clear of the bottom three with a positive result tomorrow.

Team News

Norwich are likely to be without attacker Jonas Gutierrez as he continues to nurse a calf injury while Micheal Turner and Elliott Bennett are also out.

Jonny Howson is another absentee as he’s been ruled out with a back complaint, but centre-back Ryan Bennett could feature after recovering from a recent muscular problem.

Tottenham are expected to recall a number of players who were rested against Dnipro in midweek.  Hugo Lloris will be restored in goal while Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon could also come back in to the starting eleven.

Emmanuel Adebayor was another player rested on Thursday and he’ll replace Roberto Soldado up front, while Christian Eriksen should come back in having been a sub against the Ukrainians.

However, midfielder Sandro remains out with a calf problem and he joins Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches on the sidelines.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Emmanuel Adebayor: The Togolese striker has been in red-hot form of late, scoring 8 in his last 10 games so help Spurs push for a top four finish, so he’ll certainly be the player the Norwich players will have to keep quiet.

Predicted Score

Norwich 0-1 Tottenham: Spurs have been in fine form, beating both Newcastle and Everton in recent weeks, and we can see them edging this one tomorrow.

What team would you start and what’s your predicted score? Share your suggestions below.



  1. Mark

    February 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Are you telling me that 19 year old Bentaleb who at this stage is not close to a top 4 player will be played ahead of Paulinho who starts for Brazil and was 1 of the top 3 rated players at the Fed cup. Dawson ahead of Kaboul??????????? We will not even finish ahead of Evorton with the side you selected. What is wrong with you and Tim????????? he will be fired and you should be as well. Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mark

    February 22, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry you have Paulhinho in. Very sorry. But Capoue ahead of Bentaleb, Capoue was player of the year in the French league last year and starts for France. Yet 19 year old not top 4 Bentaleb starts ahead of him. A certain person wrote recently that Capoue’s attitude is not good at present. This is because Tim has been nasty towards him (as Boas was to Adebyore). Now Tim is seeing that Capoue is much better than he thought. A 19 year old (with some talent) Vs a French international that was player of the season in the French league last year????????????????????

  3. Oliver

    February 23, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I would go back to 442… 451 is just the same as AVB tactics but with Ade in for Bobby and Bentaleb in for injured Sandro.

    With Walker playing his natural game we don’t need an out and out winger on the right; with Townsend giving width on the left vulnerable Rose doesn’t need to get forward.

    Eriksen license to wander, 2DMs with instructions to recycle possession and feed he and Townsend, 2 men upfront working hard to pull defenders around and find space…

    Normally I would prefer not to see Dawson in the starting line up but it’s really only the top teams strikers he looks poor against… Hope he doesn’t make me eat my words today!

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