Saturday, July 2, 2022

Prediction: Norwich vs Tottenham

Verdict: Tottenham win to nil

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Knowing that they can clinch a Champions League return this weekend, Tottenham will make the trip to an already-relegated Norwich on Sunday afternoon.

Norwich

Starting with the hosts, while Norwich might have made the decision to bring Dean Smith to Carrow Road back in November, the Canaries have failed to find any kind of boost. Although they might have been last seen playing out a 1-1 draw away at Wolves last weekend, the former Aston Villa boss has seen his side get hit with an immediate Championship return. Once again sat rock bottom of the Premier League table and looking like they will lift the wooden spoon this year, Norwich will know that they face a huge task on Sunday afternoon. In the midst of what has become another top-flight nightmare this season, Smith’s men have collected just a single point from their last six outings. Gaining a reputation for their rather glaring struggles in the final third, the east Anglia outfit have managed to record just one goal over the past five weeks. Last seen at Carrow Road getting hit with a 4-0 drumming against West Ham, Norwich will be bracing themselves for another tough task on home soil.

Team News

Norwich will once again be without the likes of Ozan Kabak, Mathias Normann, Josh Sargent, Kenny McLean, Christoph Zimmermann, Andrew Omobamidele and Adam Idah here.

The likes of Brandon Williams and Milot Rashica will be hoping for a full recall this weekend.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, while Tottenham might not have been at their best last weekend, Spurs find themselves within touching distance of securing a Champions League return. Last seen picking up a 1-0 victory against relegation scrappers Burnley on home soil, Antonio Conte’s men know that a single point here will be enough to clinch a top-four finish. Gaining plenty of plaudits under the one-time Chelsea boss, the Lilywhites are still boosted by that stellar 3-0 romp in the north London derby on May 12th. With it looking like the mood in their camp is at a real high, there is no doubt that Tottenham will be smelling a golden chance at Carrow Road. In the midst of a five-match unbeaten run, a run that also saw them snatch a point at Anfield earlier in the month, Conte’s men have also lost just a single outing since the middle of May. With attacking talisman Harry Kane now bagging four Premier League strikes in as many outings, Spurs will be confident of finishing off their top-four charge here.

Team News

Tottenham have confirmed that the likes of Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon will once again miss out here.

However, Spurs do remain hopeful that defensive star Cristian Romero could make his return from a hip issue here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off back on December 5th, Tottenham picked up a 3-0 victory in north London.
    • Likewise, Tottenham have lost just one of their last 10 outings, a run that stems back to March 12th.
    • Norwich have collected just a single point from their last six Premier League matchups.
    • Sunday’s hosts have also lost five of their last six Premier League contests at Carrow Road.
    • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has bagged four goals in as many top-flight appearances.

    Conclusion

    Knowing that they need just a single point at Carrow Road this weekend, Tottenham couldn’t have asked for a better way to sign off the 2021/22 campaign. Firmly sat in pole position to book a Champions League return this season, Sunday’s guests are in the midst of a real purple patch. With Kane now bagging four goals in as many Premier League appearances, the north London outfit have also lost just a single contest since the middle of March. Facing a Norwich side who have long since lost their top-flight status, Tottenham will also be boosted by their continued success against Smith’s downbeat squad. Storming their way to a 3-0 victory when the two sides faced off in north London back on December 5th, we’re backing a similar outcome here.

    Verdict: Tottenham win to nil

    Best Odds: 11/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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