Spurs under 23’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)
With safety all but confirmed, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side can afford to play with the shackles off when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening, in their penultimate game of the PL2 season. After defeating Derby 4-2 in their last game, Burnett’s side are four points clear of the relegation zone and a win tonight would rubber stamp their division one status for another season. Unbeaten in their last seven games, Burnett’s side have enjoyed quite a turn around over recent months and the visit to Chelsea will not faze them in the slightest. Adrian Viveash’s blues side occupy sixth spot in the table after having a decent season thus far. Though they may lack in consistency, they certainly don’t lack in quality with players such as Hudson-Odoi, Juan Castillo, Daishawn Redan and Trevor Chalobah all at their disposal. It promises to be a cracking game of football, my in depth match report of the game will be published by tomorrow morning. Ironically we may even get to see Ross Barkley turn out for Chelsea this evening as he continues to make his return from injury! COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Eyoma, C.Maghoma (c), Tanganga, Georgiou, Skipp, Marsh, Tracey, Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts, Sterling.
Subs from: O’Reilly, Brown, Pritchard, Roles, Griffiths.
Injured/unavailable: Nick Tsaroulla and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster.
Doubtful: Samuel Shashoua and Jonathan Dinzeyi and Marcus Edwards.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.
Previous meeting: Chelsea 3-2.
One to watch: The blues speedy Dutch forward Daishawn Redan, still only 17 years of age. Redan has adapted well to life at Chelsea following his move from Ajax in the summer, he has also been in particularly good form for their under 23’s, scoring five goals from five league games. Including a hat trick in his last outing at Derby.
Important info: For those unable to attend the game, it is being shown live on Chelsea TV.