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SPURS PREVIEW

21 February 2014

City welcome Tim Sherwood's side to Carrow Road

NORWICH CITY v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Barclays Premier League
16.00 kick-off
Carrow Road
Sunday, February 23, 2014

NORWICH City will be hoping a long haul flight back from Ukraine for opponents Tottenham Hotspur will give them an advantage come Sunday afternoon.

Tim Sherwood’s side were defeated 1-0 by FC Dnipro in the Europa League on Thursday evening, while the Canaries have had a ten-day break since their meeting with West Ham United.

The televised encounter offers an opportunity for Chris Hughton’s side to finally capitalise on their decent performances in recent weeks and keep out of the relegation places in the Premier League.

They will look to two decent performances against the North London club on home turf last year – a 2-1 victory in the Capital One Cup and a 1-1 draw in their league meeting.

It’s Tottenham who lead the overall head-to-head record between the two teams, with 27 victories to Norwich’s 19. There have been 16 draws.



MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 NORWICH CITY 14/09/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 30/01/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 31/10/2012 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 NORWICH CITY 01/09/2012 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 NORWICH CITY 09/04/2012 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Norwich City, September 14 2013 – Premier League…
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice for Tottenham as they comfortably saw off the Canaries at White Hart Lane back in September.

The Icelandic midfielder netted in each half as the hosts, then managed by Andre Villas-Boas, rose to second in the Premier League table after four matches.

City couldn’t capitalise on their victory over Southampton a fortnight previously, with their best chance coming through Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who fired Nathan Redmond’s cross just wide.

Chris Hughton’s side sat 14th in the table at the close of play, and City’s boss added afterwards: "It was a real tough day for us. We came up against a Tottenham side with the quality they've got. Not only on the pitch but the choices they've got off the bench as well.

"We tried to stay in the game and up the energy in the second-half which I think we did but in the first half, it was tough for us with the movement they've got."

CANARIES’ FORM…
L – 0-2 v West Ham United (A) 11/02/2014 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Manchester City (H) 08/02/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Cardiff City (A) 01/02/2014 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Newcastle United (H) 28/01/2014 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Hull City (H) 18/01/2014 – Premier League

SPURS’ FORM…
L – 0-1 v FC Dnipro (A) 20/02/2014 – Europa League Round of 32
W – 4-0 v Newcastle United (A) 12/02/2014 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Everton (H) 09/02/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Hull City (A) 01/02/2014 – Premier League
L – 1-5 v Manchester City (H) 29/01/2014 – Premier League

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-2-3-1 v West Ham United)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Joseph Yobo, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Alexander Tettey, Bradley Johnson; Robert Snodgrass, Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond; Gary Hooper.

LAST TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR XI (v 4-3-3 FC Dnipro)….
Brad Friedel; Kyle Naughton, Michael Dawson (c), Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Nabil Bentaleb, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho; Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Andros Townsend.

REFEREE – Craig Pawson…
South Yorkshire official Craig Pawson makes his second visit to Carrow Road this season after overseeing the Canaries’ 1-1 draw with Fulham in the FA Cup Third Round on January 4.

His most recent assignment was on February 8, when he was at St Mary’s Stadium for Southampton’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City in the Premier League.

Pawson has given out three red cards this season, all in Championship fixtures to Blackburn’s Lee Williamson, Nottingham Forest’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Charlton Athletic’s Johnnie Jackson.

The home team hasn’t been beaten in any of his last 13 matches, which could be a good omen for Norwich City.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES (all games kick-off at 15.00 on Saturday unless stated otherwise)…
Chelsea v Everton (12.45)
Arsenal v Sunderland
Cardiff City v Hull City
Manchester City v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Fulham
West Ham United v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Manchester United (17.30)
Liverpool v Swansea City (Sunday, 13.30)
Newcastle United v Aston Villa (Sunday, 13.30)
NORWICH CITY v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (Sunday, 16.00)

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