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Dec 262011

Tottenham  Hotspur travel to Norwich on the back of a frustrating draw against fellow title challengers Chelsea. (title challengers I know it still sounds too good to be true). And although both sets of fans, Spurs and Chelsea alike would probably argue their team might have edged it.( Tis true the goal line clearance by John Terry still with rankles me|). A draw was a fair result.

Enough though of yesterday, let’s take a look at how we aim to take advantage of  Chelsea (1-1) Liverpool (1-1) and Man City (0-0) only managing draws today. A positive result at Carrow Road could see us edge a four point gap between ourselves and the blue flag flyers from South London.


Harry Redknapp says he’s hopeful of Rafa van der Vaart featuring at Norwich tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 27).

The Dutch forward was forced off at half-time of Thursday’s draw against Chelsea with a hamstring problem but has been back in training at Spurs Lodge.

Meanwhile, Harry reported that Ledley King came through the Chelsea match okay but he wouldn’t have enough time to recover to feature at Carrow Road.

Harry also ruled Jermain Defoe out with his hamstring injury and that he’d ‘wait and see’ on Younes Kaboul’s hamstring problem.

Speaking after training on Boxing Day, Harry said: “We’re hoping Rafa will be fit and it looks like there’s a chance he’ll be okay.

“Jermain isn’t fit though, Ledley was okay after the Chelsea game but this one has come around too quickly for him. He’s not fit.

“We’re not sure on Younes yet, we’ll have to see how he is.”

Michael Dawson is on the road to full recovery from his Achilles injury while Tom Huddlestone (ankle) remains sidelined.


With Defoe again being absent, it seems likely that Harry will continue with the tried and trusted front pairing of Adebayor playing off Rafa.

“If you want to be in the top four those are the types of games that you have to win home or away. We have to do what it takes to win those games. Otherwise, forget it.”

Adebayor, on a year’s loan from Manchester City, scored in last Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea and said Spurs should take heart from drawing with a title rival.

 “Five or six years ago we know what would have happened [against Chelsea], which means, the club is going forward and we are improving,” he said.


A more perplexing issue will be whether Harry continues with the same midfield that started against Chelsea with Sandro Parker Bale and Modric or will he opt for a little more pace and go for the young lad Townsend or perhaps Pienaar?

Pienaar will always give you that extra work rate. Something that cannot be underestimated on away days. Whereas Townsend will in my opinion offer more speed and directness, something we cannot have enough of.


Another tester for Harry will be the centre of defence with Kaboul (hamstring) King (swelling to knee) and Dawson (achilles) all missing the game. (though Kaboul does have an outside chance). This leaves us with Gallas and Bassong. The former performing admirably in his last appearance though the latter has a lack of game time so far this season.


Spurs make 120 more passes per game than Norwich and complete 11% more. Spurs also run with the ball three times more often and Norwich have been dribbled past 146 times. With Kyle Naughton ineligible against his parent club, the questionable Richie de Laet may deputize at right back. Norwich have made a total of nine defensive errors with de Laet making two in just five appearances. If Gareth Bale is fit, the Welshman will relish running at the Manchester United loanee. Bale created four chances against Chelsea, including the assist for Adebayor’s opener.

Eight of the 18 goal assists made by Norwich so far this season have come from set pieces. Spurs have also made nearly 50 more shots than Norwich despite playing a game fewer. They have scored the sixth highest number of goals and Grant Holt is in the top ten goal scorers in the league. Grant Holt scores at better than a goal every two games for Norwich. He also has committed more fouls than any other player in the division, despite making only eight starts. 

Norwich have a simple style of football. It’s predictable, but it’s hard to stop. They are aware of their limitations and so tend to sit back and defend until they get their chance. They love to use width (making 23 crosses every week) and they create 10 chances per game. Spurs press the ball when they are out of possession. They make more challenges per game (98 to 87 despite Spurs much higher possession average) and less tackles. Because Tottenham try to close the ball down all over the pitch, they have won the ball nearly twice as often in the final third (54 to 28).

Statitional credit to (SAMROOKE89) English Premier League Index. Many thanks.

 Posted by at 19:23

  12 Responses to “Norwich v Tottenham: Advantage Spurs?”


  2. Loose cannonboul at right back Kyle walker RM Gallas & Baasong in CD
    Simples !

  3. ive eaten too many brussel spouts! think ive got a turtles head showing

  4. No Bassong! Please, i really do not want to see him play tomorrow. I think we should play Kranjcar on the right and play either Parker or Sando preferably Sandro because Parker needs a rest. van der Vaart and Ade up front.We need a big win against Norwich and Swansea as out goal difference needs to be better compared to the Manchester teams.

    • Think your getting a little ahead of yourself talking about goal difference. Norwich away without king and possibly Kaboul against their very potent aerial attack is a tough tough game. Would be delighted just to get the three points. Swansea away isnt exactly easy either. I do fancy us to dig deep and claim the 6 points from these two games though. COYS!!!

  5. put walker on the right wing and put charlie right back would be the best thing. Please dont play peanut he is terrible id rather play jj.

  6. Spurs like Manure yesterday need to make a clear statement to the rest of the PL. We need a 3 -0 win today to show everybody we are not just here to make up the numbers we are here to take the league title!!!! If Man shi**y, Chelsea, the Arse and the Scousers want to keep dropping points we want to keep pushing. Tonight is the time to make this abundantly clear.

    Spurs to get a big win need to use width. I would go with Bale on the left and Townsend on the right. I was at the Charlton Fa Cup game last season. Andros came off the right wing and scored a fantastic goal with his left foot. The guys talented and hungry. HR give the boy his PL wings!!!! Let him fly.

    Predictably HR will keep the same midfield as Chelsea game, if VDV is fit.
    Mr Consistent
    Kyle, Gallas, Bassong, BEA
    VDV, Parker, Modric, Sandro, Bale

    COYS!!!!! 3-0 to the Yids!!!!

  7. Friedel
    Walker Gallas Kaboul (Seb if not) BAE
    Pienaar Sandro Modric Bale

    Playing Pienaar on the right will give the team the versatility to change shape throughout. When Walker makes his runs on the right Pienaar has the hustle to cover for him or move inside to a more central role. Parker needs a rest and Sandro was great against Chelsea and deserves another start.

    • Playing Pienaar is madness. Due to him being nowhere near good enough to pull a Spurs shirt on.

  8. Spurs nearly gained the 3-0 score line I forecast but their fluid jaw dropping football has certainly given a message to all the other clubs. WE ARE CONTENDERS!!!!!

    We are pushing to win every game we now play in. Home or away. This is the first time I can remember a Spurs team being this good and dare I say it being so consistent!!!!! Even against Stoke it took F**king Foy to halt our unbeaten run with his dodgy decisions or lack of them.

    Bale was the business. Modders was magic. Ade was amazing, Walker was wicked. You get the drift. The whole team were up for it during the Christmas party. Our boys have usually just sneaked back from a secret Xmas party with hangovers and their tails between there legs. Something is different this year. We actually look professional!!! I love it. Thanks Harry!

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    COYS!!!!! Go for it boys.

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