Match Preview: Norwich v Spurs (all or nothing!)

Match Preview: Norwich v Spurs (all or nothing!)

At Carrow Road… 4 pm Kick off

Could this match decide whether Conte stays or goes… will we get fourth, or do we do a Spursy and fuck it all up? We were in the driving seat, then Woolwich and now us… This last game for us will decide who will have the last fourth spot.

Then there will be relegation issues; who will drop alongside Norwich and Watford; Burnley or Leeds? And who will win the league?

Tickets for the Norwich game are like gold dust, with everybody wanting a ticket. Not everybody in my group managed to get one. Luckily Mel and I did and we will be travelling from 7.30 Sunday morning and stopping for a pub meal sometime around noon, then on to the match. This has got to be one of the most exciting end of seasons for some time.

Games to look out for, apart from our game:

Woolwich v the Toffees(Come on Everton!!!!)

The scousers v the Brummies (Wolves)

The Richer part of Manchester (City) v the Brummies (Villa)

Then there is Brentford v Leeds and Burnley v the conquers of Woolwich, Newcastle United. Yes, many “ifs,” but so long as we do our job properly, well, that is all that matters.

The match…

Our top-four destiny is in our own hands against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday. After belittling our arch-rivals Woolwich 3-0  last week, we then backed it up with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Burnley last Sunday. That victory, coupled with Woolwich’s submission at Newcastle on Monday night, has put us in pole position to secure a top-four spot.

Norwich City have already been relegated and come into the final game after holding Wolves to a 1-1 draw. Norwich have won and drawn just five and seven games, respectively, losing the other 25 matches. Their goal difference is -56.

TEAM NEWS

Spurs

Harry Kane should be fit to face Norwich despite feeling unwell. He is thought to be suffering from the same virus which affected several staff and players last week.

Norwich City

Mathias Normann has recovered from a knock sustained during last weekend’s draw with Wolves. Billy Gilmour has returned to Chelsea for treatment after rolling his ankle, while defender Ben Gibson struggles with a back issue.

Thoughts and prediction

I don’t think Spurs will do a “Spursy” this time around and will go out and win this game decisively. I know Norwich will give us a game as they have nothing else to play for. Nevertheless, we have got Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane and Son, and I don’t see the Canaries holding out, let alone beating us.

We have battled so hard to get into this position, where we just need a point to get back into the Champions League after two seasons away. I don’t see us falling at the final hurdle.

My Prediction: 0-4

My possible starting lineup:

Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

We have lost just one of our past 10 league visits to Carrow Road (W6, D3).

The Canaries have got at least two goals in each of their past five clashes with us, drawing once and losing four times.

Norwich City

Norwich City have one win from their past 16 matches in all competitions, losing 12 and drawing three.

The Canaries have two final-day victories from nine previous Premier League campaigns (D3, L4).

Norwich could set an unwanted club record of 13 home league defeats in a season.

Dean Smith’s side have won 12 points at home this term; only Watford, with eight, have fewer.

Tottenham Hotspur

We have won seven of our previous 10 top-flight games (D2, L1).

We have faced a relegated side on the final day of the Premier League five times, losing three and winning two of those matches, including a 5-1 defeat to Newcastle in 2015-16.

The last six league fixtures involving us on the final day have produced an average of 5.8 goals a game.

We have won on the last day of the season in eight of the past 11 campaigns (D2, L1).

Harry Kane has scored eight times on the final day of the Premier League season, more than any other player.

Norwich City Premier League form:

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Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form:

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So that is it, folks. Now we wait for the final game of the season… if you are going, see you there. If not, enjoy the match on TV.

COYS!

Glenn

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