Spurs under 23’s versus Benfica B: (match preview)
Wayne Burnett’s development side host Benfica B at the Lamex stadium on Wednesday night in their final group game of this seasons premier league international cup. It’s a crucial game again Benfica’s B team (who ply their trade in the second tier of Portuguese football). Spurs need to win and ideally by a decent goal margin if they are to achieve one of the two best ranked second team spots to progress. As Villarreal B have already won group F, it’s all to play for tomorrow night, both sides will be vying for that second spot, and a draw will be no good for either side. Benfica have a renowned academy set up and their squad tomorrow will no doubt contain some very talented young players. One who most of you will know, is the highly rated ex Arsenal forward Chris Willock, who made the move to Portugal last summer. What worries me about tomorrows game is the fact that the Portuguese side will probably have the older and without a doubt more experienced players. For example Brazilian striker Allan (24) and Lystov Vitali (22). Regardless it’s a massive game for Burnett’s team and it’s one that they really need to win, so they can lift their morale after such a poor run of results. As always I shall be reporting on tomorrows game, and will have by match report published on Thursday. COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Walkes, C.Maghoma, Eyoma, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos(c), Tracey, Pritchard, Georgiou, Harrison.
Doubtful: Samuel Shashoua, Japhet Tanganga, Nick Tsaroulla, Dylan Duncan.
Subs from: Austin, Marsh, Brown, Roles, Sterling.
My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs.
One to watch: Benfica B forward Heriberto Tavares, the 20 year old has 11 goals from 15 league games this season.