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Tottenham v Norwich City: Match preview

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After a disappointing result against Arsenal before the international break, Tottenham will be hoping to get a positive result out of what will not be an easy game for the home side.

Having failed to win against Norwich in three attempts last season, including a disappointing loss in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Spurs will be looking for their new summer signings to make a big impact, with new boys Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen set to make their first starts for the north London club.

Meanwhile, Norwich's Gary Hooper may well be fit enough to take his place on the bench after a shin injury has delayed his debut following his £5m move from Celtic this summer. 

After a slow and  fairly uninspiring performance against Arsenal a fortnight ago, Spurs will really be looking to up the ante and kick start their season, with their sights set firmly on securing Champions League football next season.

They may still be feeling the after affects of what has been a long summer for the north London club and chairman Daniel Levy. Real Madrid's unrelenting pursuit of Welsh superstar Gareth Bale left the team unsettled and in the dark for the whole of pre-season. This prolonged unrest, coupled with the influx of no less than seven major signings, proved too much for the club as they failed to put in a performance against Arsenal. 

Now with the Bale saga resolved, head coach Andre Villas-Boas has urged his team to "move on." He continued: "We have evolved because we have invested a lot in young players and want to develop a strong team that puts us in the elite of English football." 

Despite taking six points from their first three games, Tottenham have only managed to hit the back of the net twice, both coming from the spot, ironic considering Spurs were not awarded one penalty in the Premier League last season. 

Norwich, on the other hand, have managed to score nine goals in their first four games, including six against Bury in the League Cup. I was impressed by Norwich in their last match against Southampton, especially new signing Nathan Redmond, who has started the season with a bang. Considering he is only 19 years old, and has no previous Premier League experience, the confidence and awareness he shows on the ball is outstanding. 

Canaries boss Chris Hughton also opened his cheque book to land Dutch forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel during the summer transfer window, costing the club a fee reported to be in the region of £8.5m. He made an instant impact on his debut, scoring a beautiful header to help his team earn a point against Everton at Carrow Road.  

Norwich will be a real test for this new look Tottenham side, they'll be confident on the back of a great performance against Southampton, whereas Spurs may still be trying to shrug off the disappointment of losing the first north London derby. I still fancy Spurs though, if they can get the right service into Soldado, there will be chances, and goals. 

Prediction: Spurs 2-1 Norwich

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