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SPURS V CITY PREVIEW

31 August 2012

Spurs v City, Saturday September 1, 3pm KO

CHRIS Hughton heads to the club where he spent 28 years as a player and coach on Saturday as City prepare to take on Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Barlcays Premier League.

The Canaries go into the game on the back of a much-improved display at home in a 1-1 draw with big-spending Queens Park Rangers, and will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s famous 2-1 win over Spurs by the time the final whistle blows.

Similarly to City, Spurs have lost one and drawn one in the league this season, coming away with a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom last weekend following an opening day defeat to Newcastle United. 

Kick-off is at 3pm, and you can listen live to the action through Canaries Player, as well as following live updates on Canaries.co.uk, and through our official Twitter (@NorwichCityFC) and Facebook pages.  

TEAM NEWS
City: Chris Hughton will be without Elliott Bennett (knee) for the trip to Spurs, as well as Simon Lappin (ankle), who will be out for a couple of weeks after jarring his ankle in Tuesday’s win over Scunthorpe. Elliott Ward (ankle) is a doubt, while Jacob Butterfield made a return to under-21s action on Monday. Steven Whittaker is still out after picking up an ankle injury in pre-season against Celtic.

SPURS: Andre Villas-Boas is set to be without four players for the game with Norwich on Saturday. Younes Kaboul is out with a knee with, while ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes has an ankle injury. Giovani Dos Santos (calf) is out, and former City loanee Scott Parker (Achillies) is thought be be a few weeks away from fitness. 

LAST LINE UPS
SPURS v WBA:
Brad FRIEDEL,
Jan VERTONGHEN,
William GALLAS,
Kyle WALKER,
Benoit ASSOU-EKOTTO,
Aaron LENNON,
Rafael VAN DER VAART,
Gareth BALE,
Jake LIVERMORE,
SANDRO,
Jermaine DEFOE. 

CITY v Scunthorpe:
Declan RUDD,
Michael TURNER,
Marc TIERNEY,
Ryan BENNETT,
George FRANCOMB,
Andrew SURMAN,
Wes HOOLAHAN,
David FOX,
Simon LAPPIN,
Steve MORISON,
Chris MARTIN. 

TRANSFERS
SPURS:
Ins: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim) £6.8M, Jan Vertonghen (Ajax) £12M, Grant Hall (Brighton) undisclosed, Emmanuel Adebayor (Man City) £5M, Moussa Dembele (Fulham) £15M.

Outs: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow) £5M, Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev) £2M, Lee Angol (Wycombe Wanderers) undisclosed, Ben Alnwick (Barnsley) free, Steven Pienaar (Everton) £4.5M, Sebastien Bassong (Norwich) undisclosed, Luka Modric (Real Madrid) £33M, Bongani Khumalo (PAOK Salonika) loan, John Bostock (Swindon) loan, Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) loan, Ryan Fredericks (Brentford) loan, Louis Saha (released), Ledley King (retired). 

CITY:
Ins: Steven Whittaker, Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley) undisclosed, Michael Turner (Sunderland) undisclosed, Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United) undisclosed, Javier Garrido (Lazio) loan, Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham Hotspur) undisclosed, Mark Bunn (Blackburn Rovers) undisclosed, Alexander Tettey (Rennes) undisclosed.

Outs: Andrew Crofts (Brighton) undisclosed, Matt Ball (Stevenage) free, Josh Dawkin (Braintree) free, Adam Drury (Leeds United) free, Zak Whitbread (Leicester) free, Aaron Wilbraham (Crystal Palace) free, Daniel Ayala (Nottingham Forrest) season-long loan, Tom Adeyemi (Brentford) loan. 

MANAGER: Andre Villas-Boas   

The former Chelsea and Porto manager was the man chosen to replace outgoing Harry Redknapp in the Spurs hot seat during the summer, and has wasted no time in making changes to his squad, bringing in Moussa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor, whilst selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid for a reported £33M.

After beginning his managerial career with Portugese side Academica, the 34-year-old signed a deal to become Porto manager in June 2010. He went on to win the Portugusese Supercup, UEFA Europa League, Portugese Cup, and an undeated march to the league title in his first season.

He then moved to Premier League side Chelsea in June 2011, but was dismissed in March 2012 and replaced by Roberto di Matteo. 

ONE-TO-WATCH: Gareth Bale 

The Welsh international will undoubtedly be a concern for the Canaries after firing in 15 goals for club and country last season.

Since a £5M move from Southampton in 2007, the 23-year-old has gone from strength-to-strength, and racked up over 150 appearances for the White Hart Lane side.

Bale famously scored a second half Champions League hat-trick from the left wing away at Inter Milan in 2010, and those are the type of bursting runs that the Canaries will need to be on guard against come Saturday. 


HEAD-TO-HEAD 
Spurs v Norwich City
Spurs winsDrawsNorwich City wins
League231215
FA Cup123
League Cup200
Total261418
Spurs have the edge in terms of all-time results between the two sides, but when they met in the league at the Lane last season, goals from Anthony Pilkington and Elliott Bennett gave City a famous 2-1 win. 

2011-2012 SEASON
SPURS: 
Premier League – 4th
FA Cup – Semi-final
League Cup – Third round
Europa League – Group stage
Top league scorer – Emmanuel Adebayor (17
Most league starts – Brad Friedel (38)

CITY:
Premier League- 12th
FA Cup- Fifth round
League Cup- Third round
Top league scorer- Grant Holt (15)
Most League starts- John Ruddy (37) 

VENUE:White Hart Lane
Capacity: 36,230 
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REFEREE: Mark Halsey   

Lancashire-based referee Mark Halsey will be the man-in-the-middle for Saturday’s clash between Spurs and City – his first game in charge of the Canaries since April’s 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

The 51-year-old was also in charge for City’s 1-0 home defeat to West Brom last season, awarding a penalty that Declan Rudd saved.

Halsey went the entire 2011-12 season without issuing a red card, and hasn’t sent a player off since Liverpool’s Lucas was dismissed for a second yellow against Stoke City in November 2010.

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