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Prediction: Tottenham vs Norwich City

Tom Dunstan in FA Cup, Free Soccer Predictions 4 Mar 2020

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Verdict: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to book their spot in the quarter-final of this year’s FA Cup, a struggling Tottenham will welcome Norwich to North London on Wednesday night.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, throwing away the lead against Wolves over the weekend and hit with another 3-2 defeat in North London, Tottenham find themselves in the midst of another sluggish patch. Dropping down to seventh and seeing their top-four ambitions take another dent, Jose Mourinho’s men have lost their last three matches on the bounce, including a 2-1 defeat against bitter rivals Chelsea last month. Also watching German outfit RB Leipzig pick up what could be a crucial away goal in the English capital in their Champions League first-leg, the former Manchester United boss finds his side dealing with some rather glaring issues at the back. Still unable to call upon both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Spurs have now shipped at least a pair of goals in four of their last five appearances and have recorded just a sole clean sheet since the 18th of January. Coming back down to earth after their stunning 2-0 win against reigning champions Manchester City, Mourinho will be desperate for his side to find some much-needed resolve on home soil. Including their 3-2 defeat against Wolves last weekend, Tottenham have lost back-to-back matches in North London for the first time since April 2019.

Team News

Tottenham are still without Harry Kane (hamstring), Son Heung-min (shoulder) and Moussa Sissoko (knee).

Hugo Lloris (groin) misses out again, so Paulo Gazzaniga will deputise in goal. Erik Lamela and Ryan Sessegnon are back in contention to play.

Norwich City

As for the visitors, while Norwich might still be seen as a landslide favorite for the drop this season, Daniel Farke’s men did send shockwaves across the Premier League last weekend. Putting in an eye-catching display on Friday night, the Canaries picked up a 1-0 win over top-four contenders Leicester at Carrow Road, a result that brought an end to their four-match winless run in the top-flight. While last year’s Championship winners may have booked a North London showdown thanks to a 2-1 win over Burnley last month, a huge part of Norwich’s continued issues at the foot of the table have come down to some problems outside of East Anglia. Hit with what was a 3-0 hammering away at Wolves in their last appearance on the road, the former Borussia Dortmund coach has seen his side land just a pair of away victories against Premier League opposition since opening the 2019/2020 campaign. While their shock 1-0 win over the Foxes will certainly have improved the atmosphere around Carrow Road, Wednesday’s guests do hold a worrying record against Spurs. Despite grabbing a point against Tottenham on home soil earlier in the season, Farke’s men were hit with a 2-1 defeat when they made the trip to North London back in January.

Team News

Norwich have doubts over striker Teemu Pukki and midfielder Alex Tettey with both suffering from illness. However, manager Farke is expected to freshen up his team as he did in the previous rounds at Preston and Burnley.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off in North London back in January, Tottenham picked up a 2-1 win.
  • However, Spurs have lost their last three consecutive matches across all competitions and have lost back-to-back matches on home soil for the first time since April 2019.
  • Norwich have recorded just two away victories against Premier League opposition since opening the 2019/2020 campaign.
  • Tottenham have shipped two goals in four of their last five appearances.
  • Five of Norwich’s last six away fixtures have seen over 2.5 goals at full-time.

Conclusion

While Tottenham might see Wednesday as a golden opportunity to make a return to winning ways, Norwich will undeniably still be boosted by their eye-catching 1-0 win against Leicester on Friday night. With Spurs continuing to show some worrying issues at the back and five of the Canaries last six matches away from Carrow Road seeing over 2.5 goals at full-time, we’re backing another lively encounter in North London in midweek.

Verdict: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Bet365

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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