Thursday, February 20, 2020

Prediction: Tottenham vs Norwich City

Verdict: Under 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 8/13

Bookmaker: Bet365

Desperate to make a return to winning ways and cut down their top-four deficit, Tottenham will welcome Norwich to North London on Wednesday night.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, only managing to scrape a 0-0 draw away at Watford over the weekend thanks to Troy Deeney’s late penalty miss, Tottenham find themselves once again in the midst of a real struggle. Opening the midweek fixtures sat eight points adrift of the top-four, last year’s European finalists have failed to win any of their last four Premier League matchups, having won five of their opening seven under new boss Jose Mourinho. Also needing an FA Cup replay to come past Championship outfit Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last week, it will undoubtedly be their form in the final third giving the former Manchester United manager the biggest headache. Having to cope without attacking talisman Harry Kane, Spurs once again drew a blank at Vicarage Road and have now failed to find the net in their last three top-flight matches on the bounce. In fact, if Tottenham fail to find the net on Wednesday, they will equal their Premier League club record of four consecutive matches without scoring.

Team News

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has recovered from the hip injury he suffered on New Year’s Day.

Head coach Jose Mourinho remains without Ben Davies, Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko.

Norwich City

As for the visitors, putting in a resilient display and picking up a 1-0 win over fellow relegation scrappers Bournemouth over the weekend, Norwich find the mood in their camp on the rise. While Head Coach Daniel Farke still finds his side sat rock-bottom of the table and six points adrift of safety, the Yellows have lost just one of their last five matches across all formats, including a 2-2 draw against Tottenham over the festive period. While leading marksman Teemu Pukki may have converted from the spot and grabbed his 17th strike for club and county this season, there is no doubt that fans in East Anglia will be most concerned by their side’s continued issues away from Carrow Road. Hit with a 4-0 hammering away at Manchester United in their last appearance on the road, Norwich have bagged just a single away victory since making their top-flight return last year. Even more worrying, Canaries have failed to score in seven away league games this season, which is more than any other side.

Team News

Norwich defender Ben Godfrey is suspended following his sending off against Bournemouth.

Emiliano Buendia has been ruled out with a muscle problem and joins Timm Klose, Mario Vrancic and Ralf Fahrmann on the sidelines.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off last month, they played out a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.
  • Tottenham have failed to win any of their last four Premier League matchups.
  • Norwich have recorded just one away win so far this season and they have failed to score in seven away league games, the worst record in the division.
  • Spurs have failed to find the net in each of their last three Premier League matches on the bounce.
  • Tottenham have also failed to find the net in four of their six matches since Harry Kane’s injury.

Conclusion

While Tottenham might open Wednesday’s contest as a landslide favourite with the bookmakers, Norwich proved at Carrow Road they will not be a pushover. With Jose Mourinho’s men clearly feeling the effects of not being able to call upon Harry Kane, Spurs have failed to find the net in their last three Premier League matches on the bounce, their second-worst run in top-flight history. Along with Norwich continuing to show a rather toothless edge away from East Anglia, we’re backing under 3.5 goals in midweek.

Verdict: Under 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 8/13

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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