Spurs under 21’s versus Crawley Town: (match preview)
Wayne Burnett’s development side get this seasons Checkatrade trophy campaign underway tomorrow when they travel to Sussex to face league two side Crawley Town. After a difficult start to the new PL2 season, Burnett’s side are still winless and will be hoping to change that when they meet the league two club at the Broadfield stadium on Tuesday night. This is Spurs’ second involvement in the Checkatrade trophy, last season they made their first appearance in the competition. And despite putting in three good performances against Luton, Wimbledon and Barnet they ended up finishing bottom of their group. This time round Spurs are in group 9 along with Portsmouth, Gillingham and tomorrows opposition Crawley Town. The competition will give Burnett’s side the rare and invaluable experience of playing against senior football league opposition in a competitive environment, in front of a big crowd. That is something that a lot of our players haven’t experienced enough of in their short careers. Spurs face Crawley at quite a good time, the league two club recently lost their manager Harry Kewell to Notts County. On top of this, the Red Devil’s have only won two of their opening seven competitive fixtures this season and currently occupy 16th place in league two. Temporary bosses Jimmy Smith and Filipe Morais (also a player) will take charge of Crawley tomorrow night as they continue their quest for a new manager. Some of the reds important players include former Leeds United forward Dominic Poleon, wide man Ollie Palmer and defensive stalwart Romain Vincelot. After Spurs’ poor showing at the Emirates stadium on Friday night I’m hoping that Burnett will field a really attacking team tomorrow night. I just hope a fearless Spurs under 21 side take the game to the league two club, and if they do that then they better their chances of coming away with anything in the bag. I’m expecting experienced youngsters such as Anthony Georgiou and Luke Amos to start tomorrow night. I shall be reporting on our opening Checkatrade trophy game and shall have my report out by the following day.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Brown, Skipp, Amos (c), Oakley-Boothe, Roles, Georgiou, Harrison.
Subs from: Austin, Lyons-Foster, Marsh, Maghoma, Parrott.
Doubtful: Shilow Tracey (injury) and Troy Parrott (international involvement with Ireland U19’s).
Injured/unavailable: Kazaiah Sterling, Jamie Reynolds and Tariq Hinds.
Previous meeting: Crawley 6-1.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: Crawley forward Ollie Palmer who has found the net five times for the league two club in the six games that he has played for them this season.