FT: Tottenham 2 Norwich 0

Tottenham host Tromso in the Europa League on Thursday night, before travelling to Cardiff in the Premier League next Sunday. Norwich meet Aston Villa at Carrow Road next Saturday.

Spurs are up to second in the Premier League table - behind Arsenal, but above Liverpool on goal difference. It looks like Norwich will slip to 13th.

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FT: Tottenham 2 (Sigurdsson 28, 49) Norwich 0.

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Lamela tries to fashion an opening on the left but Turner is equal to his tricks. The Argentinian then wins a free-kick.

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Four minutes of added-on time to be played.

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Bassong clears Walker's right-wing cross as Tottenham seek a third goal.

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Lloris booked for punching outside of his area. Unnecessary.

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Norwich win their first corner of the afternoon after Spurs struggle to clear a deep ball into the area. It's headed away by Paulinho.

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Final change for Tottenham - Lamela ON, Dembele OFF.

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Bassong denies Townsend once again - think that's the winger's sixth shot of the afternoon.

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Change for Spurs - Sandro ON, two-goal Sigurdsson OFF to a standing ovation.

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Van Wolfswinkel is pulled down by Vertonghen in the box, but the flag had already gone up for an offside by Pilkington - incorrectly, as TV replays later show.

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Double change for Norwich - Tettey and Pilkington ON, Redmond and Elmander OFF. That means we won't see Gary Hooper in Canaries shirt today.

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Holtby picking up the same central areas as Eriksen, but might offer a bit more of a burst in these final stages.

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Change for Tottenham - Holtby ON, Eriksen OFF. Excellent debut for the Dane.

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An excellent chance for Norwich as Redmond's deflected strike after a Lloris punch falls to van Wolfswinkel in the box. But he takes too many touches, allowing Rose to make a block tackle.

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Elmander is the third Norwich player booked.

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Tottenham's Lewis Holtby is getting stripped off - looks like he'll be the first Spurs sub used today.

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Bassong's sloppiness allows Tottenham to drive forward once more, and after Soldado miscontrols Paulinho's pass, Townsend gets in a shot that Ruddy saves with his foot.

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Shot count now reads 18 for Tottenham, and just two for Norwich. Spurs' possession count has dipped slightly but they're still registering a very strong 69%.

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Change for Norwich - Howson ON, Johnson OFF.

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Then Turner kicks away Townsend's cross from the right, with Soldado again the intended target. Spurs turning the screw.

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Bassong alert again, this time meeting Rose's left-wing cross before Soldado, who was lurking behind him. Ruddy claims the resulting corner.

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Ruddy denies Sigurdsson his hat-trick! The Norwich goalkeeper gets a good save to the Iceman's well-struck shot from 20 yards.

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Second booking of the afternoon from Mr Mason, and it's another Norwich player who is booked - Javier Garrido cautioned for taking down the jet-heeled Townsend.

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Bassong has to get across quickly to reach the ball ahead of Soldado, who was played into space down the right flank

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Johan Elmander is flagged offside as Norwich look to make in-roads on the Tottenham goal.

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Sigurdsson collides with Turner, but referee Mason chooses not to award a free-kick. Spurs soon win the ball back, however.

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Neat interchange between Paulinho, Rose and Sigurdsson almost provides another opening for Spurs - they're continuing to put pressure on this Norwich rearguard.

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Is there any way back for Norwich? They still have Gary Hooper on the bench if they want to increase their goal threat. Looking like a tall order for the Canaries today...

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Sigurdsson scores again! This time, Paulinho is free on the right edge of the area and has time to pick a low cross. The ball seems to go between the hands of the diving Ruddy and that allows Sigurdsson to tap home his second of the afternoon at the far post.

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GOAL! Tottenham 2 (Sigurdsson 49) Norwich 0

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Vertonghen is holding his back after a collision with Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Looks like the Belgian will be OK to continue though.

Quick bit of feedback from Rohin Malhotra on email: "Lamela on for Townsend, please. Townsend has been busy and positive but I think it's time to see the new lad in action. I suspect he will be a bit more clinical. "

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Eriksen saunters forwards and elects not to pass through for Soldado, who was likely to be called offside, but to shoot - however, his shot is far too high.

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Norwich kick off the second half.

The players are coming back out at White Hart Lane, so we should be underway again shortly.

Thanks to Sam Cox for getting in touch via email. Sam says: "Would be good to see some more support for Van Wolfswinkel and perhaps bring Tettey on in the Norwich midfield to break up the Spurs interchange play. Spurs should be disappointed to only be one up."

Eriksen and goalscorer Sigurdsson the star men so far for Spurs then. Would you like to see any second-half changes from AVB? And how can Norwich get van Wolfswinkel into the game more? The Dutchman has looked very isolated, but did have one good chance from Redmond's cross. Get in touch with me on email at jon.holmes@bskyb.com or via Twitter at @jonboy79.

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Half-time: Tottenham 1 (Sigurdsson 28) Norwich 0.

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Spurs have enjoyed 73% possession in this first half. They've had 15 shots, but only three on target. Soldado's also hit the post.

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Townsend has on several occasions attempted a reverse pass down the right flank, with limited success. The England winger then tries another ambitious shot, drawing groans around the Lane. Frustrating first half for him.

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Another classy Tottenham move - Walker crosses from the right, and Soldado strives to connect but Bassong puts just enough pressure on the Spaniard. The ball comes across to Rose, who fires over from a tight angle.

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A good spell for the visitors ends with Tottenham regaining possession. Walker is on the outlet on the right flank, and Townsend then tries to tease a ball to Eriksen but Norwich are able to clear for a throw.

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Chance for Norwich! Redmond delivers a left-wing cross, and Vertonghen goes to ground in the box - possibly under a challenge from van Wolfswinkel, who connects with the delivery. Rose is sliding in however, and appears to get a touch as the ball goes wide of the post. But no corner is awarded.

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Townsend's been hugely involved so far - occasionally wasteful, but undaunted. He gets in another long-range shot on goal but it's straight into the grateful hands of Ruddy.

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Soldado tries to get onto Rose's lofted pass, but Ruddy is out smartly to deny him the opportunity.

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Excellent goal from Spurs, and their first from open play this season. Soldado chests Rose's ball from the left down to Eriksen on the edge of the area. The Dane plays a sweet short pass into the area for Sigurdsson to run onto and he finishes across Ruddy into the corner from 10 yards.

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GOAL! Tottenham 1 (Sigurdsson 28) Norwich 0

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From the corner, Dembele keeps the ball alive for Spurs and finds Soldado in space in the box. He takes a shot on goal, but Bassong sticks out a leg and diverts the ball round the post. So close for Tottenham!

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Rose gets the better of Whittaker this time, winning a free-kick off the Scotland defender 30 yards out. Eriksen delivers the set play and after the ball comes back to him just outside the box, his shot is deflected for a corner.

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Paulinho does brilliantly on the right to keep the Tottenham attack moving. Townsend gets away with a poor touch, and then Walker fails to retain possession.

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Bradley Johnson goes in hard on Soldado in midfield, sending the Spaniard to the turf. The bearded Canary becomes the first man booked by referee Mason.

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Paulinho has a dig from 25 yards but his shot hits Turner and goes behind for a corner. Eriksen's set piece is cleared by Norwich.

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Eriksen is muscled off the ball by Bassong after a header down by Soldado. Spurs are happy to mix up their style as they seek to break Norwich down. Townsend's strike from distance goes over.

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Outrageous effort from Soldado after superb skill from Eriksen - but no goal for Spurs! The Dane ran into the area from the left, nutmegged Turner and shot. Ruddy couldn't hold the ball and Soldado then improvised - only to see his backheel hit the post.

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Rose v Whittaker could be a good contest today - strong but fair tackle from the Norwich man on the Spurs right-back just now.

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Spurs are content to move the ball from left to right and back again as they await an opening. But Norwich are patient too, and keep disrupting the hosts' passing rhythm.

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Whittaker does well to intercept Rose's pass down the left channel. Norwich quickly break and Elmander runs into the area, but Vertonghen slides in and manages to put him off.

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Walker's run allows Townsend to find some space 20 yards out and he strikes a low effort on goal, only to see it flash wide of the post.

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Michael Turner heads away Andros Townsend's clipped cross from the right flank, then Paulinho sees his delivery from the same area blocked.

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Sigurdsson lets fly with a right-footed shot from 25 yards, but it's too powerful and goes over the crossbar.

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Kick-off! Tottenham get us underway...

Referee Lee Mason from Lancashire leads the two teams out onto the White Hart Lane pitch. We'll be underway shortly.

Some more of your predictions now - Spurs fan Itamar Branzburg on email says his team will edge it 2-1, while Simon Martin is going for a 2-0 home victory. Both are looking forward to seeing Erik Lamela come on; Itamar would have preferred the Argentinian to start over Sigurdsson.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton - who made nearly 300 league appearances for Spurs as a player - says: "We were fortunate enough to perform very well here last season (a 1-1 draw). It's a big stage and a nice opportunity, and you hope your players rise to that challenge. They've brought in extremely good footballers - Andre's certainly got some good choices. I have a changing room in there that are looking forward to the game."

Norwich's former Spurs defender Seb Bassong has been talking to us ahead of kick-off. The centre-back says: "Tottenham have loads of new players, so we haven't been able to research them as a team that much. But it's 11 v 11 - we'll see what we can get out of the game."

Let's focus on Norwich now - they have won only one of their last 11 away games in the Premier League (drawing two, and losing eight). An interesting Opta stat concerns their corners and free-kicks - just 16% of the Canaries' efforts this season have been fashioned from set-pieces; a joint low in the Premier League.

Here's Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas talking pre-match: "Today will be a difficult game for us - they're a very competitive team. Like us, they have also done a lot of investment. In the Premier League, nothing is straight-forward - us and Norwich fight for different objectives. We need to be efficient and clinical in front of goal."

AVB won't have had much chance to train with the players this week due to international duty, but let's hope he's been focusing on shooting - Opta tell us Spurs have fired more shots off target than any other team so far this season (27).

Lewis Holtby remains on the bench for Tottenham today, and both TP Oborne and Eiji Iwakawa have emailed in to discuss the Germany midfielder. TP says Holtby "deserved a start", while Eiji thinks the former Schalke man is better than Sigurdsson and Dembele "who both don't release the ball quick enough".

Jack Randall aka @Jrandall94 has got in touch via Twitter to say: "Nice to see @ChrisEriksen8 Start Fancy a 2-0 home win! Soldado being on target #THFC"

Here's the latest odds from our friends at SkyBet. Despite failing to beat Norwich in both meetings last season, Tottenham are being well backed at 4/9 with the draw 7/2 and Norwich 6/1. Roberto Soldado is the 7/2 favourite to open the scoring with Christian Eriksen 15/2 to net first on his debut.

Danny Rose talking pre-match: "It's going to be interesting times for Tottenham. I saw an interview the manager did the other week where he said we're not quite ready to be challenging for the title, and I think he might be correct there. We've got two strong players in each position, and there will be a lot of rotation."

So you've seen the two line-ups - what are your thoughts on the selections of AVB and Chris Hughton today? Will Eriksen carve up the Canaries, or will the Wolf sink his teeth into Spurs? Let me know - email me at jon.holmes@bskyb.com or get in touch via Twitter at @jonboy79.

Gary Hooper is fit to make the Norwich bench, and Martin Olsson is also named among the City substitutes today. Luciano Becchio and Wes Hoolahan are the men to make way. Norwich subs: Bunn (GK), Martin, Howson, Hooper, Pilkington, Olsson, Tettey.

Chadli reportedly picked up a knock in training this week - he's not even on the Spurs bench. There is a substitute spot for the returning Younes Kaboul, however. Tottenham subs: Friedel, Kaboul, Naughton, Holtby, Lamela, Sandro, Defoe.

Confirmed Tottenham team news next - Christian Eriksen makes his debut, while Gylfi Sigurdsson also starts as Andre Villas-Boas makes two changes to the team that lost 1-0 at Arsenal. Nacer Chadli and the injured Capoue make way. The Spurs team is: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Soldado.

Confirmed Norwich team news arrives first - they are unchanged after beating Southampton 1-0 last time out. So the Canaries team is: Ruddy; Whittaker, Bassong (c), Turner, Garrido; Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond; Elmander; van Wolfswinkel.

Early days, but this fixture pits 7th against 9th in the table. The two sides were evenly matched last season too, with both league fixtures ending 1-1.

For Norwich, Gary Hooper and Ryan Bennett are both fit again, and all 11 Canaries who were on international duty have reported back unscathed.

We should have the confirmed team news for you shortly. Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are hoping to make their first starts for Spurs, while Etienne Capoue (ankle), Aaron Lennon (foot) and Vlad Chiriches (work permit issues) are all unavailable.

Welcome to our live interactive coverage of today's Premier League clash between Tottenham and Norwich at White Hart Lane. Get in touch with me on email at jon.holmes@bskyb.com or via Twitter at @jonboy79.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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