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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Preview - Spurs v Norwich City, 05.12.21

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Full League Record - Spurs v Norwich City

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   F - A  Pts
Home           9   5   2   2  16 - 8   17
Away           9   5   3   1  14 - 5   18
Total(Prem)   18  10   5   3  30 - 13  35  1.94 pts per game
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  16   9   5   2  31 - 14  31
Away (Div 1)  16   3   5   8  20 - 30  12
Total (Div 1) 32  12  10  10  51 - 44  43
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   3   0   1  12 - 5    6
Away (Div 2)   4   2   0   2   6 - 6    4
Total (Div 2)  8   5   0   3  18 - 11  10
Total(Prem)   18  10   5   3  30 - 13  35
Total (Div 1) 32  12  10  10  51 - 44  43
Total (Div 2)  8   5   0   3  18 - 11  10
Grand Total   58  27  15  16  99 - 68  88

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLLDWW
Newcastle  2-3    Spurs
West Ham   1-0    Spurs
Spurs      0-3    Man Utd
Everton    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Leeds
Spurs      2-0    Brentford

Norwich    -    LLWWDD

Chelsea    7-0    Norwich
Norwich    1-2    Leeds
Brentford  1-2    Norwich
Norwich    2-1    S'hampton
Norwich    0-0    Wolves
Newcastle  1-1    Norwich

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs    13  7  1  5  13-17  -4   22
20. Norwich  14  2  4  8   8-28 -20   10

Let's see Spurs singing and not the "Canaries"!

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When Norwich dispensed with the services of Daniel Farke after "The Canaries" had gained their first league win of the season against Brentford, it was clearly a decision that had been made before that game. The reaction followed two previous games in which the Norfolk side had lost 7-0 at Stamford Bridge, and 2-1 at home to Leeds. In came sacked Aston Villa man Dean Smith, who is so far unbeaten in three games. Norwich had been rooted to the bottom before Smith's appointment, but with his home win against Southampton they climbed above Newcastle. (Newcastle beat Burnley on Saturday afternoon, sending Norwich to the foot of the table again)

Norwich probably should have done better than a draw on Tuesday night at St. James' Park where Ciaran Clark was sent off after only 9 minutes, but they remained above "The Toon" (until Saturday tea-time). Newcastle had been the only team in the Football League without a win. Under Smith, Norwich seem to be playing higher up the field as a body and press more.

Norwich's return to the Premier League after a one-year absence was confirmed on the same day as Sheffield United were confirmed as being relegated on 17th April (2021). Ironically, the "Canaries" lost 3-1 at home to Bournemouth. Oliver Skipp was an integral member of the Norwich side in this Championship season (appearances). Cameron Carter-Vickers was at back for the "Cherries" and was also a Tottenham loanee. Former Spur Jonathan Woodgate led the South coast side.

Norwich were confirmed as Champions with a 4-1 home win against Reading in their penultimate game on May 1st.

This then will be Norwich's tenth Premier League season and their 26th top flight season in all. Their first season in the old Division One was in the 1972-73 season, when they reached the League Cup Final, beaten 1-0 by Spurs whose goal was scored by substitute Ralph Coates. Martin Peters was in the Spurs side that day and moved to Norwich two seasons later.

Norwich were founder members of the Premier League, having been in the top flight for the preceding six seasons. They finished third in the table but they were beaten 5-1 at White Hart Lane on a very Good Friday in April 1993. Our goals were scored by Neil Ruddock, Teddy Sheringham (2), Nick Barmby, and Nayim. The Norwich side included former Spurs Ian Culverhouse, Mark Bowen, John Polston and Ian Crook. Future Spur Ruel Fox was in the Norwich side. Spurs finished 8th that season. Norwich qualified for the UEFA Cup and in October 1993 achieved perhaps their most memorable result, a 2-1 away win against Bayern Munich, whose side included Christian Ziege and Lothar Matthaus to name just two.

Norwich managed to retain most of their players from their last Premier League season and the executive kept faith in manager Daniel Farke (who had only signed a new contract in July), until he was sacked. Norwich acted swiftly and appointed former Villa manager Dean Smith on 15th November. This was in time for "The Canaries"' next game at home to Southampton, to whom Smith had lost his last game in charge of "The Villans"!

In addition to Skipp, Norwich had five players in last season's Championship team of the year. Those were goalkeeper Tim Krul, centre-back and captain Grant Hanley, full back Max Aarons, midfielder Emiliano Buendia (now at Villa), and striker Teemu Pukki. Their success last season and struggle this term with many of the same players indicates the chasm between Premier League and Championship. Relegated sides Fulham and Bournemouth are flying in the second tier at the moment.

Oliver Skipp was your man of the match for the second consecutive game in our win against Brentford, and for the fourth time this season. Only three players (Lloris, Son and Lucas Moura) are ahead of Skipp in our accumulated ratings for the season so far. The difference between second and fourth placed players is extremely narrow.

Norwich will be missing two of their summer signings for this game. Both have featured regularly so far this season. Kosovo International Forward Milot Rashica was signed from Werder Bremen and Norwegian midfielder Mathias Normann from Rostov.

Norwich signed midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea. He has been getting more game time under Dean Smith than he was with his predecessor.

Antonio Conte said in his press conference yesterday that he does not envisage being able to leave Harry Kane out of the team in this extremely busy period. We have 8 more games to play this month alone. Cristian Romero is out till the New Year and Lo Celso is not likely to play before next week's crucial home game against Rennes. Tomorrow's team might even be unchanged from that which beat Brentford 2-0 on Thursday. I'll take us to go one better tomorrow!

Match referee Jarred Gillett became the first overseas official to referee a Premier League match when the Australian took charge of Watford’s home game with Newcastle. Mr. Gillett, 34, was promoted to the Select Group 1 of referees by Professional Game Match Officials Limited before the start of the season. He moved to England in the 2019-20 season to referee in the EFL after officiating in the A-League in his home country. Mr. Gillett refereed our ill-fated League Cup game at Colchester two years ago. Since his Premier League debut, Mr. Gillett has since refereed Norwich's first Premier League win of the season at Brentford. Let's hope he does not see their third such win tomorrow!

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