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Tottenham v Norwich: Spurs can seal first win under Villas-Boas

| 01.09.2012

Tottenham have a superb chance to claim their first maximum points haul of the season when they welcome Norwich to White Hart Lane.

Spurs are 2/5 to conquer Chris Hughton’s men, who have also failed to win either of their initial two ties this term, and were beaten 5-0 in London on the opening day.

The travelling Canaries will take heart from their performance at Tottenham last season though, when they recorded a shock 2-1 victory to dent their hosts’ Champions League ambitions.

And punters who can envisage a repeat of such a result can take advantage of lengthy 7/1 odds about an away win here.

Both sides drew their last games meanwhile, which could encourage some to back the 7/2 about a stalemate, as both outfits come to terms with new managerial regimes.

But Spurs fans will expect a comfortable home victory, and the match would seem to represent a perfect opportunity for Villas-Boas to record his first triumph, against fellow winless opposition.

Tottenham bested Norwich 2-0 at Carrow Road last year, and have also victored by this scoreline in three of the last six meetings of the sides.

Spurs also scored twice on their own patch most regularly last term, so those approaching scoreline betting with caution could take 11/10 odds for two or three home goals.

13/2 odds about a 2-0 Spurs win do appear very generous though, along with the 5/4 price regarding a clean sheet for the home side.

11/10 odds that both teams fail to find the net also appeal, while Villas-Boas’ men could be worth investment at 6/4 to win to nil.

Meanwhile, new signing Moussa Dembele could prove key to Spurs’ chances, having partaken in Fulham’s opening-day demolition of Norwich only a fortnight ago.

Dembele was inspirational in that outing, and could add to the assists he racked up against the Canaries with a goal here at 2/1.

The classy midfielder can alternatively be backed at 7/1 for the opener, while Emmanuel Adebayor is 7/2 for the first of the game, and his first as a permanent Tottenham player.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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John Klee