Norwich City will be hoping to do the north London double in just over a week, when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
Having already beaten Arsenal at home in a league fixture last week, the Canaries maintained their good form and shared points away to Aston Villa at the weekend. However, they are now up against a rejuvenated and in-from Spurs side, who are looking the part under new boss Andre Villas-Boas who has turned the fortunes around, after failing with Chelsea last season.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 7.45pm GMT. Watch highlights of the game on The League Cup Show on BBC One at 11.15pm.
Norwich already matched Tottenham when the two sides met in the Premier League early on in the season, with the minnows earning a point at White Hart Lane. Canaries manager and Spurs legend Chris Hughton is expected to field a strong squad at home against the north Londoners and will be confident of his team's chances, with the form shown by the club in the preceding weeks.
Tottenham are looking for a top four spot in the Premier League and Villas-Boas will be forced to rest at least some of his key players for this Cup game, especially with away fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City looming on the horizon. Spurs, in spite of their 2-4 loss at home to Chelsea two weeks ago, have been in great form this season, with the win against Manchester United at Old Trafford being the highlight. They are currently fourth in the league table, five points behind the league leaders and two points ahead of rivals Arsenal.
However, Villas-Boas will be worried by the defensive frailties shown by the club in their 2-1 win over newly promoted Southampton at the weekend. The Saints' second half performance will act as a warning to the Londoners, who were lucky to come away with three points, looking at the host of chances Southampton had to level the scores.
- Last five (all competitions, most recent first): D W L L W
- Last result: Aston Villa 1 - 1 Norwich City
- Last five (all competitions, most recent first): W D L W D
- Last result: Southampton 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Norwich City: Stand-in goalkeeper Mark Bunn and forward Harry Kane are sidelined for this game, though the latter is on loan from Spurs and will not be eligible to play against his parent club anyway. Captain Grant Holt is expected to be given a rest, with Steve Morrison and Simeon Jackson bearing the responsibilities of leading the line.
Tottenham Hotspur: First teamers Emmanuel Adebayor, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Moussa Dembele, Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker will miss the game due to injuries. Villas-Boas, who now has a string of tough fixtures to look forward to, will surely make a few changes to the squad that started against Southampton. However, following Arsenal's 7-5 escapade against Reading the other night, the Portuguese tactician will be well advised to amalgamate a balance of experience and youth, in order to avert a similar struggle.
Brad Friedel, Kyle Walker, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen, Sandro, Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe could move out of the Spurs' starting line-up to make way for the fringe players, though it is also possible that one or two of them might feature under the circumstances.
Possible Starting Line-ups:
Norwich City (4-4-2): Rudd; Tierney, Turner, Bassong, Butterfield; Fox, Tettey, Howson, Snodgrass; Morison, Jackson
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Smith, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton; Livermore, Huddlestone; Falque, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Dempsey