Norwich City will be aiming to maintain their recent improved form on Sunday when they travel to a Tottenham side yet to lose under Antonio Conte in the Premier League.
Dean Smith is also yet to taste defeat since he took control of the Canaries – the former Villa boss being handed the reins at Carrow Road last month a mere 8 days after being sacked at Villa Park.
A win and two draws from Smith’s 3 games – combined with victory over Brentford in predecessor Daniel Farke’s final match – has seen Norwich lift themselves off the foot of the Premier League table and establish a 3 point gap between themselves and fellow strugglers Newcastle.
As it happens, it was Newcastle who were the Canaries’ opponents midweek – and despite having a man advantage for 80 minutes – Norwich could only settle for a 1-1 draw.
The gap to safety currently stands at 3 points and victory over Spurs would pile the pressure on 16th placed Burnley and 17th placed Watford.
Winning away at Tottenham is something that hasn’t happened for Norwich since 2012, whilst no top flight team is yet to win against Spurs since Antonio Conte’s arrival at the club.
The Italian is looking to register a 3rd straight home win, with his side easing to a comfy 2-0 success at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Brentford in their last fixture on Thursday night.
Son Heung-Min was the star against the Bees in what was a much more Conte-esque performance in comparison to the shambolic loss to Slovenian minnows Mura in Europe 7 days previously.
The Brentford win moves Spurs up to 6th in the Premier League and with a game in hand over the majority of the rest of the division following the postponement of last weekend’s clash with Burnley due to snow.
Victory for Spurs against Norwich and favourable results elsewhere could see Tottenham in the top four come Sunday night.
Christian Romero won’t be involved against the Canaries though due to a thigh injury, with no return expected until the new year at the very earliest.
Gio Lo Celso is also doubtful having only returned to training for a short period following the Brentford game.
For Norwich, Dean Smith can call upon Todd Cantwell again with the midfielder now free from coronavirus, whilst Milot Rashica and Christoph Zimmermann remain out.
Tottenham v Norwich kicks off at 2pm on Sunday 5th December.