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LONDON (SE) -- Wednesday's Premier League encounter can't come quickly enough for Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur, two teams hoping to erase the memory of embarrassing FA Cup exits to lower league opponents over the weekend.
While Spurs tie away to Championship side Leeds United had always looked problematic, the Canaries' humbling at the hands of Luton Town meant they became the first top flight team eliminated by a non-league outfit for 24 years.
Tottenham (12-5-6) midfielder Gareth Bale has scored three times in his last two visits to Carrow Road, including both goals in a 2-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season and he is hoping for an encore this time.
"Norwich also had a disappointing result in the FA Cup and we're both in a situation we didn't want to be in," he told the club website. "I'm sure both teams will want to bounce back and we'll be looking to get the three points. Hopefully we'll go there and repeat what we did last season."
Bale believes the quick turnaround will work to his side's benefit as they look to move on from the 2-1 cup loss to Leeds.
"We had some chances to draw but we'll take it on the chin and look forward to the next game against Norwich, where we'll look to leave the Leeds defeat behind."
Norwich (6-8-9) have now followed their 10-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League with a run of five losses in six games, including a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool in their last league match.
Canaries manager Chris Hughton will be looking for a response from his team on Wednesday: "There isn't one player at the club that doesn't know we have to do better than we have done in the last two games," he told the club website.
Striker Robert Snodgrass echoed his manager's sentiments: "We need to dig deep to try to bounce back against Tottenham. I believe we have the character to do so."
Former Spurs player Sebastien Bassong returns from injury for the Canaries, as does fellow defender Steven Whittaker. Steve Morison will miss this match but is in line for a return for the weekend game against QPR and goalkeeper John Ruddy is still out.
William Gallas and Younes Kaboul are out for Spurs and forward Jermain Defoe is doubtful with a hip injury. Emmanuel Adebayor is still on international duty with Togo at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Spurs announced the capture of Lewis Holtby from Schalke on Monday. Holtby, a German international, will likely play no part at Carrow Road, but should be in line for a place for the weekend match against West Brom.
This will be two the sides' third meeting in all competitions this season. The teams drew 1-1 at White Hart Lane in September. Moussa Dembele gave Spurs the lead before the Canaries leveled through a late Snodgrass goal.
They also met in the League Cup in October. Bale gave Spurs the lead but a Jan Vertonghen own goal and a strike from Simeon Jackson turned it around for Norwich.
Tottenham have come away as winners in each of their last four league visits to Carrow Road and haven't lost in six league trips there, dating all the way back to the old First Division and a 2-1 Norwich win in April 1991.