At the time of writing, its anyone’s guess as to how the Spurs starting line-up is going to look at 3pm on Saturday. A day of frenetic transfer activity still awaits, and with Spurs being Spurs, it’s up in the air as to whether we finish the day with three or four new signings or none. Although, if I had to wager money on the outcome, I’d bet on at least one more new recruit – it’s hard to imagine Daniel Levy resisting his usual urge to snap a player up right at the last possible minute. At any rate, I’ll keep the waffling to the live blog of Spurs’ deadline day I’ll be kicking off shortly, so in the meantime, here are some stats ahead of the game against Norwich.
- This fixture will, of course, bring an early reunion with Sebastien Bassong, who moved to Norwich shortly before last weekend’s round of fixtures for a cool £4 million. Poor old Seb didn’t have the best of debuts against QPR, giving away a penalty that allowed them to salvage a 1-1 draw. The defender only has three career goals, but knowing Spurs’ luck with facing ex-players, he’ll probably pop up and score a set-piece header at some point – you know how it goes.
- Two games into the season, and Tottenham’s defensive injury bugbear has already reared its head. Younes Kaboul confirmed on his twitter yesterday that he’ll be out for the next four months after an operation on a troublesome knee.
- So, with Kaboul out, our ideal defensive pairing of Kaboul and Vertonghen will have to wait a considerable while for its debut. However, this could well turn into a lucky break for Stephen Caulker, who spent last season on loan at Swansea. There’s definitely the possibility of him getting involved against Norwich, you’d've thought, or at the very least in the near future.
- Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele looks almost certain to make his debut in the number 19 shirt for Spurs. His career total of 53 goals in 295 appearances isn’t too bad for a midfielder, although it probably owes a lot to the fact that back in Holland he played in a much more attacking role for Willem II and AZ Alkmaar than he has more recently for Fulham in England.
- Spurs are undefeated in 34 of the last 37 games at White Hart Lane. One of those rare losses, however, came against Norwich last season in a 1-2 defeat. That loss is in fact the only occasion in the past five meetings between the teams in which Norwich have emerged as the victors – Spurs’ record against them in the previous five encounters reads DWWWL.
- Both teams will go into the game of the back of losing their first fixture, then drawing their second. Spurs lost to Newcastle before drawing against West Brom, whilst Norwich shipped five goals against Fulham before their draw with QPR last week.
- In Norwich’s last three away matches, they’ve conceded at least two goals. Meanwhile, there’ve been less than 2.5 goals scored on average in Tottenham’s last three Premier League home games.
- In the last 5 fixtures between the teams, Norwich have managed to score just three goals, two of which came in the previous meeting. In the same games, Spurs scored ten goals in total.
- Aaron Lennon has misplaced just 6 passes for Spurs in the two games so far this season, for an impressive passing accuracy of 91%.
- Jermain Defoe has averaged 6.5 shots per game – only Adel Taarabt of QPR has managed more (8 per game). As a team, Spurs are second to only Arsenal and Everton in terms of shots per game (18 vs. the latter teams’ 20).
- Finally, Gareth Bale hasn’t scored for Spurs in the Premier League since the 31st of January.
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