Spurs under 21’s versus Luton Town: (match preview)
“We’ve watched them two or three times. I watched them against Cambridge in pre-season and had them covered at Sunderland the other day, so we’ll know how they play. I know Wayne Burnett very well, Justin Cochrane also – I played with Justin – so it’ll be a good game.” (Luton manager – Nathan Jones)
Date: Tuesday 15 August, kick off: 7:45pm
Referee: Craig Hicks
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There’s little time for Wayne Burnetts development squad to rest following their season opener away to Sunderland on Friday night, a Spurs under 21 side will make history tomorrow. When they become the first ever Spurs side to compete in this seasons Checkatrade trophy, with Spurs starting one of three group games with the visit of Luton towns Kenilworth road stadium. Burnett who has already spoken of his desire for Spurs to win the competition, must field a side that includes six players who were under the age of 21 on the 30th June 2017. Though it will be a youthful Spurs side, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a player over the age of 21 feature, possibly even a surprise first teamer, (Winks?). The last time the hatters faced Spurs’ senior side was back in the old first division in 1992, at Kenilworth road. Tuesday nights game will be very different, and I really feel that this competition will be very important for the Spurs youngsters over the coming season, it gives them an invaluable opportunity to come up against football league sides. Whilst Luton towns striker Danny Hylton will be the one to watch, it would also be interesting to see young midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson feature. Bakinson was linked with us a couple of seasons ago, it’ll also be interesting to see how strong Luton boss Nathan Jones goes against our side, Luton had people covering our PL2 game up in county Durham on Friday night. I will be reporting on the game, and as always I will be providing an in depth match report. COYS
Team news: The more experienced duo of striker Shayon Harrison and midfielder Luke Amos will miss the match through injury. Though the starting eleven could include a couple of more experienced players than usual. With centre half Cameron Carter-Vickers and winger Anthony Georgiou the most likely candidates.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, (c) Carter-Vickers, Bennetts, Pritchard, Duncan, Shashoua, Edwards, Georgiou, Sterling.
My predicted scoreline: 3-2 to Spurs.
One to watch: The hatters top striker in league 2 last season with 21 goals, striker Danny Hylton could play his first game of the season after returning from injury.