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Hughton: In desperate need of a victory

Hughton: In desperate need of a victory

Norwich and Tottenham will both be looking to put their disappointing FA Cup exits behind them when they meet at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Wednesday.

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The shock loss against Conference outfit Luton Town at the weekend will probably prompt a number of changes by manager Chris Hughton, as his side look to put the embaarassment of being the first top flight team to be knocked out of the FA Cup by Non-league opposition in 23 years firmly behind them.

Grant Holt, Alexander Tettey, Michael Turner, Mark Bunn and Robert Snodgrass all set to return return to the line-up after being rested against the Hatters.

Injuries to Steve Morison (hip) and John Ruddy (thigh) mean they miss out but Sebastian Bassong is in contention to start against his former club and faces a late fitness test after recovering from a calf injury that saw him miss the last two games.

Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington may also be promoted to the starting lineup after being used as substitutes in the last couple of games.

Spurs, meanwhile, were also knocked out by opposition in a lower league at the weekend, Championship side Leeds United winning 2-1 in a tense affair at Elland Road.

Andre Villas Boas' side looked lethargic for most of that clash and the Portuguese will surely demand a better performance for their trip to the Canaries.

He will, however, have to deal with injuries to main striker Jermaine Defoe (hip) and midfield enforcer Sandro (knee) as well as the absence of target man Emanuel Adebayor who is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Togo.

Additionally, William Gallas (calf) and Younes Kaboul (knee) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

AVB may welcome Moussa Dembele and Hugo Lloris back into the starting lineup after they were rested against the Whites, which could see Brad Friedel and Tom Huddlestone drop to the bench.

Expect Clint Dempsey to start up front again for Spurs due to their current lack of forwards.

Posted: 29/01/13 16:04

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