Spurs under 23’s versus Everton: (match preview)
Wayne Burnett’s development squad return to league action tomorrow, when they host Everton at the training centre (kick off-12pm). Burnett’s team who are in dire need of a win, will be looking to respond from their 6-1 thumping away to Leicester in their last league game. However, victory over David Unsworth’s blues team who currently occupy third place in the league will be easier said than done. Burnett has been missing several key players through injury of late, tied in with the fact that our under 18’s important FA youth cup game with Bournemouth is on Wednesday, it would appear that his options for this game are limited. The hosts who are managed by former Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth, are the reigning champions of the competition and we have been at the receiving end of some of their fast attacking football over recent meetings. Most recently our 4-1 defeat to the toffees at Goodison Park back in September. A side who play with some real attacking flair, some of the blues standout players are energetic midfielder Beni Baningime, former Fulham forward Dennis Adeniran and 18 year old Scottish striker Fraser Hornby. They are a free flowing side much like ourselves and I am expecting a very open game. I will be reporting on tomorrows game from the training centre, before heading off to Bournemouth the next day for our under 18’s FA youth cup fourth round game. And if we manage to beat the cherries I will make the trip to Aldershot for Chelsea’s youth cup game with West Brom on Wednesday (we have been drawn against the winners of that tie) to see what Scott Parker’s lads are up against. COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Hinds, C.Maghoma, Brown, Bennetts, Pritchard, Amos(c), Tracey, Harrison, Georgiou, Sterling.
Subs from: O’Reilly, Dinzeyi, Roles, S.Shashoua, Loft.
Doubtful: Samuel Shashoua(injury), Japhet Tanganga(injury), Marcus Edwards (injury), Dylan Duncan (injury), Ryan Loft (Potential loan to Exeter) and Nick Tsaroulla (injury).
Suspended: Oliver Skipp and George Marsh.
My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs!
One to watch: Unsworth’s side have a plethora of talent, but the one player for me who I’ve been really impressed with this season, is tenacious midfielder Beni Baningime. The 19 year old has already made several appearances for Sam Allardyce’s senior team.