Spurs versus Sunderland under 23’s: (match preview)
“I’m buzzing at the moment, I’m looking forward to the start of the season a lot! All the boys are ready for it. We did well in France and now we’re very excited to start. We’ll be doing everything we can to get our first win on Friday.” (Shilow Tracey)
Our under 23’s play their first competitive game of the season on Friday night. When Wayne Burnett’s side travel to County Durham to face Sunderland under 23’s in what is their first PL2 game of the season. The game which is taking place at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare ground, will be a game that I am pleased to announce that I will be reporting on. Fridays game comes at a good time for Wayne Burnett’s side, they’ve enjoyed a successful pre season which saw them crowned winners of the annual European under 21 tournament in France. Along with the cup success, they also recorded a highly impressive victory over league two side Cambridge United at the U’s home ground. Elliot Dickman’s side will be a tough opening day opposition for Spurs, players such as Rees Greenwood, Lynden Gooch, and Joel Asoro all potential players Burnett’s side could come up against. We enjoyed two fiercely competitive games against the black cats last season, a brace from Shilow Tracey secured a 2-2 draw up in County Durham. Before the reverse fixture saw us win 1-0 at the Lamex stadium in a hard fought match, Kazaiah Sterling got the winner that day. The town where the game will be taking place (Hetton Le Hole) has a rich footballing history, with it being the birthplace of both former Spurs man Ralph Coates, and legendary former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the lads get on against Sunderland tomorrow, I will be writing an in depth match report of the game. COYS
Team news: 18 year olds George Marsh and Nick Tsaroulla haven’t been involved in any of the official pre season games with Burnett’s side (presumably through injury) so I wouldn’t expect them to be involved in tomorrow evenings game. It’s been over two weeks since forward Cy Goddard (20) was pictured training with Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos, and I am still none the wiser as to whether he has departed the lilywhites for the J league club, I would be surprised to see him involved against Sunderland. Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to be involved in Pochettino’s senior squad against Newcastle on Sunday so I doubt he will be involved, another player who could travel to Newcastle is winger Anthony Georgiou. In addition goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman will also likely travel to Newcastle with the senior squad as the number three goalkeeper. With the under 18’s playing their first game of the season against Norwich on Saturday, I’d expect players such as Oliver Skipp, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Tariq Hinds to stay behind for that game.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, (C)Amos, Pritchard, Tracey, Miller, Edwards, Harrison.
My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Edwards and Harrison.
One to watch: Sunderland’s 18 year old forward and Swedish under 21 international who is one of Sunderland’s brightest youth prospects. Maja who has already featured for Sunderland’s senior team, joined the north east club from Swedish side Brommapojkarna back in 2015. The striker who scored six goals for Sunderland’s development squad last season, was really impressive when I saw him in action against Spurs at the Lamex stadium last term.