Spurs under 23’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)
Wayne Burnett’s development side will be looking to make it three wins in from three, when they make the short trip to east London to face West Ham on Monday evening in the rearranged PL2 fixture. Buoyed by successive victories over both Manchester United and Liverpool in their last two PL2 games, Burnett’s side will be feeling confident ahead of this important London derby. The game which kicks off at 7pm this evening, is being played at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Chigwell construction stadium (a new ground for me!) deep in West Ham territory. The Hammers, who sit five places above us in the table in sixth place have suffered a bit of a dip in form of late. Terry Westley’s side having only won two of their last eight league matches. Whilst Burnett’s side are still deep in trouble at the foot of the table, a win tonight would lift them all the way up into 9th position, making survival that little bit easier. We’ve already played out two thrillers with West Ham this season, a 3-2 defeat in the league back in August. And an emphatic 7-2 victory over them in the same month coming in the premier league international cup. In many ways these sides are quite evenly matched, but whilst West Ham have the likes of Toni Martinez, Domingos Quina and Sead Haksabanovic in their ranks, I still feel that we have much more attacking quality in the final third, and I’m confident going into this one. It is worth mentioning that our under 18’s face Chelsea in a massively important FA youth cup fifth round tie tomorrow evening, this means that Burnett won’t be able to field integral squad members TJ Eyoma and Oliver Skipp. COYS
My match report will be out later on tonight.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Marsh, C.Maghoma, Dinzeyi, Brown, Duncan, Pritchard(c), Tracey, Roles, S.Shashoua, Sterling.
Subs from: Austin, Lock, Bennetts, Tanganga, Georgiou.
Doubtful: Nick Tsaroulla (highly doubtful), Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp (youth cup involvement), TJ Eyoma (youth cup involvement).
Wayne Burnett makes a return to the ground where he served as a manager for whilst at Dagenham Redbridge from 2013-2015.
My score prediction: 3-1 Spurs.
Previous meetings: West Ham 3-2, Spurs 7-2.
One to watch: The Hammers prolific centre forward Toni Martinez is their main threat in front of goal. The Spaniard has found the net 9 times from 13 games in the PL2 this term.