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Match Preview: Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur

27 December 2019

Norwich City host Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off) in their second Premier League fixture in just three days.

Our match preview has an overview of this fixture’s history, an insight into Spurs’ season and a look at who will be the man in the middle.

The opposition

Tottenham have had quite the rollercoaster of a season. The Champions League finalists of last season weren’t performing to their standards in the league until Mauricio Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho back in November.

Spurs had suffered defeats to the likes of Newcastle United, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albions, plus been held by Watford and Sheffield United. 

That run of results ultimately led to Pochettino's departure, but chairman Daniel Levy didn't hesistate in finding a replacement. Just a day later, Mourinho walked through the doors.

Since his arrival, Spurs have put seen an upturn in domestic results. They've improved their league position to currently sit in seventh on 29 points.

Spurs have scored 34 goals this season, a tally only bettered by Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester City. England striker Harry Kane has contributed the most to that with ten league goals so far, inclunding one in their 2-1 win over Brighton on Boxing Day.

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Spurs are without a number of regular starters for the match. Heung-min Son, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko will all miss the game due to suspension.

Hugo Lloris is still a long-term absentee but Erik Lamela could return after missing the last two months with a hamstring injury. Tanguy Ndombele and Ben Davies are both doubts.

Head-to-head

The Canaries have only won 23 games of the 71 between the two sides, drawing 17 and losing 31.

However, over the past ten years, City have enjoyed three victories out of eight over their north London opponents.

The teams last met back in February of the 2015-16 season, a game which saw Spurs take all three points from the fixture after goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane (2).  

Ref watch

Kevin Friend will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Eddie Smart and Adrian Holmes. Dean Whitestone will be the fourth official. On VAR duties this weekend are Chris Kavanagh and Andy Halliday.

Friend has refereed 12 Premier League fixtures this season, one of them being City’s 2-1 defeat away to Southampton.

The Leicestershire man has laid out 50 yellow cards and three red cards so far this season.

Martin Peters tributes

The match occurs just a week after the sad passing of former Spurs, Norwich and England midfielder Martin Peters.

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Both sides will wear black armbands as a mark of respect and also come together for a period of applause prior to kick-off. 

There will be tributes to Martin in OTBC, our official matchday programme, and flags are Carrow Road will be at half-mast.

Info for supporters

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

Away supporters can enter the stadium from 3.30pm.

The Junior Canaries Family FanZone at Carrow Park will be open between 3pm and 5pm.

Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

How to follow

Supporters can sign up to Canaries TV to watch our new matchday show, #NR1Live. The broadcast begins at 5pm on Saturday and will feature pre and post-match reaction from presenter Darren Eadie and his studio guests, cricketer Olly Stone and broadcaster Gerry Harrison. During the match, supporters will be able to listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham.

To subscribe, CLICK HERE.

UK-based supporters can catch the game on television, with the match being broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event.

For those who can’t catch it on television, we will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.


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