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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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Match Reports

City and Spurs share points in pulsating game

28 December 2019

Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur played out a pulsating Premier League fixture at Carrow Road with the game ending 2-2.

City enjoyed the better of the first-half and led by a goal at the break thanks to Mario Vrancic's delicate strike on 18 minutes. It could have been more if VAR had not ruled Teemu Pukki's terrific touch and finish offside 20 minutes later.

Spurs responded shortly after half-time through a Christian Eriksen free-kick but City quickly snatched the lead back on the hour mark when Serge Aurier put into his own net.

Harry Kane nestled home a penalty with just under ten minutes remaining after he was fouled by Christoph Zimmermann, resulting in the points being shared.

Daniel Farke made four changes to his starting eleven from the Boxing Day defeat at Aston Villa, with Mario Vrancic, Onel Hernandez, Jamal Lewis and Marco Stiepermann coming in at the expense of Sam Byram, Todd Cantwell, Tom Trybull and Kenny McLean.

There was a late change to the bench with Ralf Fährmann having to pull out of the warm-up through injury. Michael McGovern was drafted in.

City began well once more at home and shortly after Vrancic’s delicate through ball was snuffed out by Paulo Gazzaniga, Lewis let fly from distance and shot narrowly wide.

Stiepermann was then denied by Gazzaniga from close-range before Dele Alli wasted a good opportunity when clear after Tanguy Ndombele intercepted Christoph Zimmermann’s long ball.

Shortly after Tim Krul did superbly to beat away Harry Kane’s goalbound effort, the Canaries took the lead following some terrific pressing from their attacking four. Emi Buendia forced the mistake from Juan Foyth and Vrancic surged at the Tottenham defence before firing low past Gazzaniga.

City had their tails up and could have gone further ahead whem Vrancic turned provider on 29 minutes to play in Hernandez. The Cuban winger cut inside and saw his firm drive whistle past Gazzaniga’s far post.

City thought they had a second on 33 minutes when Teemu Pukki controlled a sumptuous Vrancic pass and slotted past Gazzaniga but after a long VAR check, the goal was ruled out for offside.

City did well to recover from that disappointment and see out their lead until half-time.

However, Spurs got their equaliser ten minutes after the restart when Lewis was adjudged to have handled the ball on the edge of the area. Up stepped Eriksen to curl the ball over the City wall an into the corner.

The scores were level for a matter of minutes though as City regained the advantage after a slice of luck. Buendia threaded the ball through the Pukki who was crowded out by Alderweireld. However, the ball bounced of the Belgian defender, onto Aurier and rolled past the despairing Gazzaniga.

City had to weather lots of pressure in the final 25 minutes and they resistance was broken as the game entered the final ten minutes. Spurs broke at pace and Kane with upended in the area by Zimmermann and he fired the spot kick into the corner to level the scoreline.

Both sides looked visibily jaded in the closing stages and the game ended level.

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley (c), Zimmermann, Vrancic (Trybull, 74), Hernandez, Lewis, Buendia, Stiepermann (McLean, 70), Pukki, Tettey (Cantwell, 85)
Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Byram, Amadou, Srbeny
Goals: Vrancic (18), Aurier OG (61)
Bookings: Vrancic (21), Lewis (54), Krul (54)

Spurs: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Aldereweireld, Foyth (Sanchez 46), Vertonghen (Moura, 46), Sessegnon, Ndombele, Lo Celso (Lamela, 74), Eriksen, Alli, Kane
Subs not used: Vorm, Dier, Skipp, Tanganga
Goals: Eriksen (55) Kane pen (82)
Bookings: Moura (68), Eriksen (90+6)

HT: 1-0
Attendance: 27,072
Referee: Kevin Friend
Kick off time: 5.30pm
Venue: Carrow Road

Today’s Golden Goal times were:
1st Goal: 17:39
2nd Goal: 54:13
3rd Goal: 60:44
4th Goal: 82:13

Lucky Number 1735

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur

27 November 2019

Tickets for Norwich City's home match with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, December 28 (5.30pm) will go on sale from Monday, December 2.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 9am on each of the following windows:

Home Premier Members - Monday December 2
Home Standard Members - Tuesday, December 3
Season Ticket Holders - Wednesday, December 4
General Sale - Thursday, December 5

Tickets are priced at:

Adult £30
65+ £25
Under-18s £20
Under-12s £15

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 01603 721902 (option one) or at the Carrow Road ticket office.

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