Spurs under 23’s versus Everton: (match preview)
Date: Sunday 10 September, kick off: 1pm
Venue: Goodison park
Last seasons meetings: 4-1 to Everton, 2-0 to Everton.
Our under 23’s take to the field of one of England’s great stadiums on Sunday afternoon, less than day after our senior side play on the same pitch. Wayne Burnett’s team return to PL2 action with an away game against the holders of the competition, in David Unsworth’s Everton side. Before I get into previewing the game, there will be something quite poignant about Sundays game especially from a Spurs team perspective and that’s that the last time these teams met (also at Goodison) the late Ugo Ehiogu was in the Spurs dug out leading the lilywhites less than 2 weeks before his tragic passing. Sunday’s game comes just a day after our seniors meet at the same ground, Burnett’s side who have won their last two games on the bounce will face arguably their toughest test of the season thus far. With Unsworth’s side which has been strengthened during the summer, providing some of the finest young talents in England. Former Coventry striker Basala Sambou gave our defence a torrid time when these teams last met, whilst right back Jonjo Kenny is another player to watch out for. However, the toffees most potent player could well be 27 year old striker Baye Oumar Niasse, who Ronald Koeman has never fancied since he took over last season. There’s also the possibility of Unsworth fielding a clutch of fringe senior players, like he did during last seasons game. Either way it promises to be a great test for our lads, and I will be reporting from Goodison park on Sunday’s game. COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Eyoma, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Skipp, Pritchard(c), Edwards,S.Shashoua, Georgiou, Sterling.
My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs.
One to watch: The blues 27 year old striker Baye Oumar Niasse isn’t a player you’d expect to playing under 23 football. The player who spent last season on loan at Hull, is simply un fancied by Koeman. Niasse will provide a real test for our centre halves, if selected.
2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-3