Spurs versus Everton under 23’s: (match preview)
Our development squad travel to Merseyside to face table toppers Everton on Monday evening in the PL2. Ugo Ehiogu’s side face David Unsworth’s high flying Everton side who are within touching distance of the league trophy in its inaugural season. Ehiogu’s side travel to Liverpool hoping to bolster their already strong survival chances, Spurs are currently in sixth position four points off the relegation zone. I’m wholly expecting Everton to field a strong and competent side at Goodison park on Monday night with the incentive so big for David Unsworth’s side. It’s been an interesting season for our under 23’s, Ehiogu’s side has changed throughout the season but on the whole they’ve done well as they enter their third last game of the campaign. The ultimate aim will be to achieve survival and I’m confident that we’ll have enough in our last three games to achieve that goal. Everton have a well known and talented youth academy, I was at our developments side opening game of the season which was against the blues, that day the talented Tom Davies played for Everton, yesterday he scored for their senior side against Leicester. Some of the blues talented under 23’s include their top scorer, Irish youth international Harry Charsley, first teamer Dominic Calvert Lewin who I wouldn’t rule out playing tomorrow, as well as pacy Belgian forward David Henan who scored against us in the reverse fixture. I shall be reporting on tomorrow nights game from Goodison park however, those wishing to watch the game from home can do so, it will be streamed live on Everton’s Facebook page. As ever I’m anticipating an intriguing match with much at stake for both sides. COYS
Team news: I’m expecting to see a fair few under 18’s in action tomorrow night, Kazaiah Sterling, Jaden Brown, Nick Tsaroulla, George Marsh, Japhet Tanganga and Keanan Bennett’s all missed Saturdays under 18 win against Norwich and I’m expecting some of those players to have travelled. The on loan Pau Lopez is unlikely to feature between the sticks, Lopez who was on the bench against Watford on Saturday, doesn’t seem to travel with the under 23’s to long distance away games, so it is likely that Tom Glover will feature. The highly rated Marcus Edwards could well feature, he featured for the under 23’s in their last match against Reading and is in need of competitive game time. I suspect that Kyle Walker-Peters will miss this game, the right back pulled out of international duty through injury and hasn’t featured for Ehiogu’s side recently. I’m also not sure whether winger Anthony Georgiou has recovered from injury. Of our loanees the only players I’m expecting to be involved are Stevenage’s Ryan Loft and Burtons Will Miller, both didn’t feature for their respective clubs at the weekend.
Ticket information, plus stream link: http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2017/04/04/under-23s-game-moved-to-goodison
My predicted lineup: (4-1-3-1) Glover, Brown, Maghoma, Tanganga , Tsaroulla, Lesniak, Edwards, Marsh, Tracey, Miller, Sterling.
My predicted score: 2-2
One to watch: Everton winger Harry Charsley, the Irish under 21 international is the blues top scorer in the PL2 with 7 goals.