Spurs versus Barnsley:(match preview)
Date: Tuesday 19 September, kick off: 8:00 pm.
Venue: Wembley stadium
Referee: Tim Robinson
Previous meeting: Spurs 1-0 Barnsley (1999)
I want our lads to go out and try and win this seasons Carabao cup which starts for us this evening with the visit of championship club Barnsley to the national stadium. Regardless of how strong a side Pochettino fields for the early stages of the competition. I vividly remember the disappointment I felt last October, sitting in the Anfield away end, as a youthful and inexperienced Spurs side crashed out of the cup to the Reds in a 2-1 defeat. Pochettino clearly expressed his intentions about the competition at yesterday’s press conference at Hotspur way. You can’t argue with his prioritisation of the premier and Champions league, but my view is that the supporters as well as the club as a whole, are hungry for silverware, and this competition provides the most realistic place where we can achieve that. Enough of my views, this evenings opponents Barnsley who are managed by Paul Heckingbottom, are expected to bring 3,000 fans down to London for the match. The tykes are a club who we haven’t faced since the late 1990’s when a memorable David Ginola goal stole the show. The Yorkshire club, who play their football in the championship, have achieved a lot on a small budget since their return to the second tier. Barnsley have a talented young side who have some great up and coming prospects on their books. Two of them are loanees Harvey Barnes (Leicester) and Ike Ugbo (Chelsea) who incidentally both caused our youth teams great bother last season. Barnes is a tricky winger, whilst Ugbo is one of England finest striking prospects. Though, the tykes most potent player is probably Welsh centre forward Tom Bradshaw who holds a good scoring record for them.
I’m looking forward to seeing some of our youngsters that I have watched for years, get their debut tonight. But I’m also mindful of the fact that we must respect our opposition who beat Morecambe and Derby on route to this tie. I’ve a good feeling about this game. COYS
Absentees: Lamela, Wanyama, Rose.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm(c),Walker-Peters, Dier, Foyth, Bennetts, Winks, Oakley-Boothe, Sissoko, Alli, Nkoudou, Llorente.
Youngsters on the bench (my prediction): Dylan Duncan.
My predicted score line: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of a brace from Llorente, a goal from Alli and one from Walker-Peters!
One to watch: Barnsley’s on loan Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo, a player that our youth
teams will know very, very well.