Spurs under 23’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)
Our under 23’s have a London Derby to look forward to on Friday evening when they host rivals Chelsea at the Lamex Stadium, in the PL2. This is a crucial league game for Wayne Burnett’s side who will be desperate to return to winning ways and set a bit of distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Returning to winning ways will be far from easy for Burnett’s side who continue to be without a number of their most important players due to injury. After being eliminated from the Premier League International Cup on Tuesday after suffering a 1-0 defeat to NK Dinamo Zagreb 2, Wayne Burnett’s side have the perfect opportunity on Friday to respond to recent disappointments. The ‘ Blues ‘ who are managed by Joe Edwards, sit comfortably in sixth place in the division one table after picking up 24 points from their 17 matches. Furthermore, our London rivals have the best away form in the league, winning six of their eight games on the road, this season. We contested a very tight 1-1 draw with Chelsea, in the reverse fixture back in November. While I don’t believe that Chelsea’s development side have been particularly entertaining during recent seasons, one thing that Chelsea always have been is well structured. Their possession based football right down from under 18 level continues to make them such a difficult team to beat. Some players to watch out for on Friday evening are Chelsea’s top scorer this campaign Charlie Brown, classy midfielder Billy Gilmour, centre forward Ike Ugbo and speedy Dutch winger Juan Familio-Castillo, who always seems to have very good games against us. Today’s game will be a very tough game for Burnett’s side but it is definitely a game that they can win. My in-depth match report will be out on Saturday. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for this important London Derby. Apologise for such a short preview!
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Hinds, Dinzeyi, Tanganga (c), Cirkin, Marsh, White, Oakley-Boothe, Maghoma, Roles, Tracey.
Subs from: Glover, Lyons-Foster, Duncan, A.Shashoua, Bennett.
Injured/unavailable: Luke Amos, Jamie Reynolds, Jonathan De Bie (international duty with Belgium under 19’s), Troy Parrott, Phoenix Patterson, Jamie Bowden.
Doubtful: Alfie Whiteman, TJ Eyoma, Jack Roles, Shilow Tracey (possible suspension), Rodel Richards.
Previous meeting: 1-1.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: Wales international Ethan Ampadu has made just six appearances for Chelsea’s development side so far this season. However, if the tough tackling defensive midfielder is involved on Friday then the‘ Blues ‘ will be massively bolstered. Ampadu’s reading of the game is second to none.