As Tottenham Hotspur takes on Norwich in the final game of the 2021/22 season, we take a quick look at the history between the two clubs, which shows Spurs have the edge.
Before Sunday’s finale, Spurs will have faced the Canaries on 58 occasions and have won nearly half – 26 – according to transfermarkt.com. A 45% win rate is a good sign; even better, Spurs take a point – the amount they need for fourth – 72% of the time they face Norwich. If we start to look at the recent history, we send the trend is even more in Spurs’ favour.
Tottenham dominating Norwich of late
Although Norwich did top Spurs in a FA Cup shootout in March of 2020, you have to go back to 2014 to find the last time Tottenham lost a league match to the Canaries. Given Norwich has bounced back and forth between the Premier League and the Championship, there have only been five league matches between the two since that 2014 Norwich win.
Across those five most recent league games, Spurs have won four and drew one, outscoring Norwich 13-3. Three of the five games have resulted in a 3-0 Spurs victory, the scoreline earlier this season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Lucas Moura scored early in that December match, then Davinson Sanchez and Heung-min Son scored in the second half in the Tottenham win. A similar outcome is what Spurs will be looking for, complete with another Son goal on Sunday.
Sonny has scored twice in his last two games against Norwich. However, Harry Kane is the leading active scorer in this fixture with five goals. Teddy Sheringham is the only player to have scored more in this fixture, with seven goals.
Interestingly, this will be the third time Tottenham and Norwich have met on matchday 38. The previous two meetings were in 1992/93 and then again in 1994/95. There were 22 teams in the Premier League, and matchday 38 was not the last game.
Regardless, Spurs won both matches, a 5-1 win in April 1993 and a 1-0 win in April 1995.
As Tottenham enter the last game needing just a point to reach the Champions League, we will hope it is the history against their opponent rather than history against food that rules the day. If the history against Norwich tells us anything, it is that Spurs will get that point.