Spurs versus Manchester City under 23’s (match preview)
A busy week of football for Wayne Burnett’s side starts on Saturday with a trip up to Manchester to face Simon Davies’ (not the former Spurs player) Manchester City side in the PL2. A game which I will be unable to attend due to a fixture clash with the senior teams game with West Brom. Man City have started the season in decent form with 10 points from their first 10 league games, whilst Burnett’s team have struggled on the road. The game which kicks off at 13:00pm will be played at the blues impressive academy stadium with a match report hopefully being published by the club later that day. With our final Checkatrade trophy game against Barnet taking place on Tuesday, I’m guessing that Burnett will field an experienced group of youngsters against the blues, with the visit of Barnet presenting the opportunity for more under 18’s to feature. This fixture has produced some really memorable games over recent seasons going back to the old under 21 league, I remember joking with development squad defender Christian Maghoma after last seasons dramatic 2-2 draw, about just how crazy the games are when we play City. The season before last Maghoma seemed to have netted the winner deep in stoppage time to make it 3-2, only for City to equalise straight after kick off. Hopefully it will be another great experience for our lads. COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Amos(c), Skipp, Edwards, Pritchard, S.Shashoua, Harrison.
Subs from: Austin, Marsh, Tracey, Sterling, Roles.
Doubtful: Nick Tsaroulla, Dylan Duncan.
My score prediction: 2-2.
One to watch: A star of England under 17’s recent World Cup campaign, midfielder Phil Foden is one of the hottest prospects in world football and a player that our lads will know well.