TOTTENHAM VS NORWICH CITYTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN, KANENORWICH (4-2-3-1)JEROME, BRADY, HOOLAHAN, REDMOND, TETTEY, O’NEIL, OLSSON, BASSONG, BENNETT, MARTIN, RUDDTottenham are thriving after winning 2-0 at Southampton last Saturday. The three points elevated Spurs to fourth place, nine points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City.They owe their good run to a sequence of just two defeats in 17 games; only Leicester have suffered fewer losses (just one, against Arsenal).Away from home, Tottenham are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, but they lost their last home game, against Newcastle, and will be determined to keep the pressure on the leaders, with two away games to follow this, at Watford and Everton.Norwich got a much-needed boost last weekend with a memorable 2-1 win at Manchester United, where the Canaries became the first newly promoted side to win at Old Trafford since Bolton in October 2001.It was only Norwich’s second win away this season and fourth of the season, and it allowed the Canaries to move out of the relegation zone.Tottenham have not lost a Boxing Day game since 2003, at Portsmouth. Since then they have played 11 games, winning eight and drawing three.Last season they won 2-1 at Leicester where Harry Kane scored the opener in the first minute.At Southampton, Kane scored his 11th goal of the season in what was his 100th game for Spurs.Norwich have a reasonable record at White Hart Lane, winning two and drawing two of seven visits in the Premier League.Tottenham miss Clinton N’Jie and test Ryan Mason and Danny Rose. Norwich, meanwhile, are wait on Andre Wisdom and Matt Jarvis.
Second seed Lakshya Sen was at his attacking best against Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai on Sunday as he romped past the reigning world junior champion from Thailand in an emphatic fashion to win the Tata Open India International Challenge title.This match was supposed to have more meat for the neutrals but Lakshya ruled the roost in front of his idol Prakash Padukone and Vitidsarn, even as he fought, could not match Lakshya’s intensity in what was their first meeting at the senior level.The match started neck-and-neck with the two shuttlers exchanging points but soon Lakshya began to find his lines, successfully moved Vitidsarn around the court and scored points.Once Lakshya got going there was hardly anything that could stop him. Such was the ease and confidence of his body language that at one point, his shot hit the net and he thoughtfully walked to the shuttle practicing the movement of his racket. The very next rally he executed the same shot, and to perfection.Lakshya said after the match that he knew how Vitidsarn plays and he knew exactly what he had to do in order to match up today. Well, he did and in some fashion.Lakshya was made to work hard in the semi-final on Saturday by another Thai shuttler, Kantawat Leelavechabutr. The former world junior number one needed the decider as he fought back from being a game down to clinch a 17-21, 21-9, 21-12 win.advertisementWith the win, 19-year-old Lakshya seems to have successfully avenged his defeat to Vitidsarn from the world junior championships semi-final last month. Notably, the Indian shuttler had clinched the junior Asian Championships crown in July after beating the two-time world junior champion in the final.Ashmita Chaliha too good for compatriot Vrushali Gummadi19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha took just 29 minutes to beat eighth seed Vrushali Gummadi 21-16, 21-13 in an all-Indian women’s singles final to clinch her second title in two weeks. On November 19, Chaliha won the Dubai International Challenge by defeating the sixth seed and she was at it again on Sunday.Gummadi could hardly match the pace and strokeplay that Chaliha display at the CCI and the former, who looked out of sorts right from the start, played the catch-up game through.Chaliha was in a league of her own on Sunday. Her deceptive strokes, her down-the-line smashes and her movement on court — everything was top notch.Gummadi fought back but earned most of the points with Chaliha making unforced errors — such was her dominance. She earned and gave points at her will.Chaliha, who is a self-confessed fan of world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan, tries to emulate some of her strokes. A bit of it came through as she won the Tata Open and for the rest, more hard work awaits.Meanwhile, Arjun MR and Sumeeth Reddy clinched the men’s doubles title after beating top seeds Goh Sze Fei and Izzuddin Nur of Malaysia in a one-sided final. The India duo romped to victory in 35 minutes, winning the title clash 21-10, 21-16.However, top-seeded women’s doubles duo of Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha Ram lost to second seeds Ng Wing Yung and Yeung Nga Ting of Hong Kong in straight games in another one-sided finAlso Read | PV Sindhu better prepared for World Tour Final: I am confident of giving my bestAlso Read | PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin to clash in PBL season 4 opener