Norwich City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League

Published: 21/12/2011

Norwich City vs. Tottenham Hotspur provides the live Christmas action on December 27 and a fascinating encounter is in prospect as Paul Lambert’s men look to continue their solid home form against Harry Redknapp’s high flyers.

Lambert is an absolute hero on the terraces of Carrow Road and after orchestrating successive promotions the Scot is now setting out to stabilise Norwich as a genuine Premier League outfit.

So far, so good, many will say as the Canaries happily sit perched in ninth place thanks largely to a string of excellent home performances which included a 4-2 victory over a decent Newcastle United side at the start of December.

The key to Lambert’s success and indeed the whole team this campaign has been the manner in which his Championship squad has risen to the challenge and demand of the Premier League and so far they have bridged the gap well without the help of too many reinforcements.

Stable on the pitch, Chairman Delia Smith has also set out to safeguard the club’s long term finances, going against the grain and attitude of many other promoted clubs who seek to strengthen in numbers and spend as much money as they can.

Norwich will face a major test in the shape of Harry Redknapp’s Spurs although Tottenham will hardly be relishing the trip to Carrow Road considering the home side’s record so far. Spurs will go into this fixture on the back of a home clash with Chelsea and their approach and performance could well depend on how they come out of that battle royale.

Redknapp harbours serious title aspirations for his team and providing that they are still intact by Christmas, he will be pushing his men to really kick on in this match and show their class – after all a win against Chelsea would mean little if points were to be dropped at Norwich.

The bookmakers are certainly not taking Norwich lightly judging by the 5/6 on offer about an away win but their pre match assessment definitely seems fair considering what Norwich have shown so far.

Spurs are full of goals and their attack minded set up is likely to cause Lambert’s side more problems than they have faced at home for a good few weeks, however Norwich also have massive goal scoring potential through players such as Grant Holt and Andrew Surman – who was on target once more in Norwich’s recent 2-2 draw at Wolves.

Although Tottenham’s pre match price is attractive, Norwich could easily claim a share of the spoils if they play as well as they can do, so it may pay to take a look at the total match goals market.

Norwich have netted at an average of two goals per game at home this year whilst Spurs have almost the same ratio to their name on the road.

Over 2.5 goals looks an absolute certainty and at around 4/6 that looks sure to be the best bet – especially for neutrals to enjoy the entertainment without worrying about who will come out on top.

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