Norwich v Tottenham: Match Preview


Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur; Carrow Road; Barclays Premier League; Tuesday 27 December 2011, 19:30

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On-loan Norwich defender Kyle Naughton is suspended for tonight's Carrow Road clash, but the 23-year-old would have missed the match anyway against his parent club.

Ritchie de Laet could return for Paul Lambert's Canaries side, but long-term absentees Elliott Ward and James Vaughan remain sidelined.

Meanwhile, Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart has been passed fit after a scan revealed he had not suffered a hamstring tear.

However, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is sweating on the fitness of Jermain Defoe and Younes Kaboul who also have hamstring problems and will have fitness tests ahead of the game.

Bale relishing Canaries Christmas cracker

Gareth Bale believes tonight's Barclays Premier League encounter with newly-promoted Norwich City will be one of Tottenham's toughest tests this season.

The Canaries have impressed on their return to the English top-flight, and currently sit in 9th place in the table - the highest position of all of last year's promoted teams.

The fine form of Paul Lambert's side is based primarily around a solid home record, having lost only two of their opening eight league games at Carrow Road in 2011-12, and Bale is expecting a difficult game.

"They go all-out attack, they are not scared of any team and they go for it," the Welsh wing wizard told Spurs' official website. "We'll be wary of that and we're good at going forward as well, so it could be an end-to-end game.

"We'll look to stamp our authority on the game. We're looking to take three points and kick-on into the New Year."

Last time out Tottenham were forced to settle for a point in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane. And whilst Bale concedes that a share of the spoils was probably the fairest result, the players will be looking to get back to winning ways against Norwich.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game," he added. "We were ready, prepared and it was one of those matches, quite even, and at the end, a draw was probably fair. We all move on to the next game."

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