Norwich City are in a difficult position at the halfway point of the season. The Canaries are tied with Watford as the worst team in the Premier League, and there are six points separating Norwich City from safety. The Canaries are going to need at least 20 points in their last 20 games to stay afloat in the Premier League, and it would be huge if Norwich City picked up points against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have been playing well since Mauricio Pochettino was sacked though, and they are looking to climb into the top four over the second half of the season.
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Norwich City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Date and Time: December 28, 2019, 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Carrow Road, Norwich, England
US Television Coverage: NBC
Betting Line: Check Back Later
Spurs have been noticeably better under Jose Mourinho this season. Mourinho replaced Pochettino as Tottenham’s manager on November 20, and Spurs have won four of their six league games contested since the move. This club had been on a five-match winless streak prior to the move, so fans breathed a sigh of relief that Tottenham were picking up points again.
Their inability to beat other Big Six clubs is still a major problem though. Spurs are 0-2-3 against Big Six clubs this season, drawing against Manchester City and Arsenal and losing to Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea. They did play every team but Chelsea on the road in the first round robin though, so that’s some promising news for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham.
The Canaries have had a rough time in the Premier League. Norwich appeared to be competitive immediately after securing wins over Newcastle United and Manchester City in their first five matches, but they have won just once since that stretch. They have really struggled on the back end, allowing multiple goals 14 times in 18 matches.
Norwich have fared surprisingly well against the better teams in the league. They picked up the aforementioned win over City, drew with Arsenal and Leicester City, and they should have beat Chelsea at home before falling 3-2.
Both clubs play on Boxing Day ahead of this match with Norwich City heading to Aston Villa, while Tottenham look to avenge an earlier defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Son Heung-min will sit out the next three games for Spurs after being sent off with a straight red card against Chelsea last weekend. No. 1 goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is still recovering from an arm injury and will miss at least another month, and Ben Davies is out for the foreseeable future too.
Norwich won’t have Timm Klose until the tail end of the season after suffering a major knee injury last month, and Ben Godfrey will be out until mid-February with an LCL tear. Josip Drmic will return in the next week or two from a thigh problem, but he will miss this match.
Tottenham Hotspur Player to Watch
Harry Kane is leading Spurs in goals yet again, but he has not been as productive as Mourinho would like up top. Kane failed to score against Manchester United or Chelsea, and he has bagged just three goals in six matches in league play since Mourinho took over. Two of those goals were against Burnley and the other was against West Ham, but he should find his way on the scorer’s sheet against one of the worst back lines in the Premier League.
Norwich City Player to Watch
Teemu Pukki is the best player on Norwich. He leads the team with nine goals, and he has been instrumental in their victories. The Canaries rode Pukki to a Championship title last season, but it’s been much tougher sledding for the Finn in the Premier League following a strong start.
The over is a solid bet considering the style these two teams prefer. Norwich wants to go up and down the pitch, and Spurs will be happy to oblige.
English Premier League Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3, Norwich City 2