Spurs under 23’s versus Swansea: (match preview)
Wayne Burnett’s development squad return to PL2 action on Monday evening, when his side host Swansea at the Lamex stadium. On the back of a 4-1 defeat to current holders of the league (Everton) last Sunday, our under 23’s return to a ground where they hold an excellent recent record. Having won our last six games at Stevenage’s stadium, Burnett’s side will fancy making it seven when they host a newly promoted Swansea side on Monday evening. The opposition, who were promoted from division two last season after finishing top of their league, have started the season with four points from their first four league games. The swans last match was a 5-2 victory over Derby county, though Gary Richards’ side had the luxury of having senior players such as Wilfred Bony and Luciano Narsingh in their side. Swansea under 23’s head coach had the following to say ahead of Mondays game: “Monday’s win against Derby has given us confidence and we want to use that result as a catalyst to continue to raise our game for back-to-back performances in the league.
Our players learned a lot from the experience of first-team players alongside them and I hope we can show that in upcoming games. We have to make sure we are competitive and continue to raise our game.“ Burnett’s team will be very telling come Monday evening, with the seniors playing Barnsley just a day later in the league cup, with a fair few youth players expected to play their part in that game, the absentees tomorrow will give a greater indication of who Pochettino will give first team action to.
Ironically our meeting with Swansea comes just two days after our senior side played out a frustrating stalemate with the South Wales team, here’s hoping we don’t see the same tomorrow. As always, I will be reporting on tomorrows game. COYS
Team news: The team sheet will be an intriguing one for this game due to Tuesdays Carabao cup game. I’d expect there to be at least five youngsters in Pochettino’s match day squad, I’d be very surprised if Marcus Edwards and Anthony Georgiou weren’t two of them. Shayon Harrison still appears to be injured so I wouldn’t expect to see him in action against Swansea. Meanwhile 17 year old striker Reo Griffiths wasn’t involved for our under 18’s match at the weekend, my theory is that he’ll be involved in the under 23 match tomorrow, possibly because Sterling is going to be involved in the Barnsley match. Either way, tomorrows match day squad will be of great interest.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Marsh, Maghoma, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Skipp, Amos, Tracey, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Griffiths.
My score prediction: Spurs 4-2.
One to watch: Swansea’s talented 22 year old winger Kenji Gorré and one time Man united academy player is my one to watch for Mondays game. The Dutchman is a talented and experienced player with an eye for goal.