BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Spurs will lose to Norwich City on Wednesday night.
Spurs travel to Carrow Road looking tot get back on track following the disappointing FA Cup exit to Leeds on Sunday, but Lawro thinks it will be more woe for AVB.
He told BBC Sport Online: “Both of these teams went out of the FA Cup at the weekend to opponents from lower leagues – or non-league in the case of the Canaries’ conquerors, Luton.
They will want to put those results behind them with a victory in the Premier League, but Tottenham have problems up front with Jermain Defoe struggling with an injury and Emmanuel Adebayor away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
“Spurs played without a centre-forward against Leeds and got turned over. There is only one team in the world that can play with a ‘false nine’ and that team plays in Spain.
“Clint Dempsey is a good player but he is an attacking midfielder, meaning he is used to arriving late in the box unmarked and taking his chance. But playing on his own means he is already in the box so it is a completely different role for him.
“Norwich certainly need a win having taken just a point from their last six games. They were unlucky not to win against Spurs in the away fixture earlier in the season and manager Chris Hughton is a Tottenham lad so will very much be up for the game.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-0.”
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