Spurs under 23’s versus Swansea City: (match preview)
Our under 23’s have a hugely important PL2 game to prepare for on Monday when they take on Welsh club Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, in Wayne Burnett’s sides penultimate league game of the season. This is a very big game for Spurs who find themselves dangerously close to being relegated to division two, following their 3-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers the previous Monday. Burnett’s side will be going to South Wales with the sole objective of picking up three points on Monday evening. Their opposition who are co managed by Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards, have all but been relegated to the second division. The ‘ Swans ‘ have picked up just 16 points from their 20 PL2 matches this season, and with just two games remaining they find themselves six points off of tenth place West Ham who have a superior goal difference to them. After the disappointing manner of their 3-0 defeat to Blackburn last Monday, Burnett will be hoping that his side can make a much needed response when they take on Swansea on Monday. The young Lilywhites know that they will need to record a win as they can’t be relying on West Ham dropping points when they take on Derby County on the same evening. The ‘ Swans ‘ have lost just one of their last five competitive games and despite the poor season which they have endured, they are still a good team as we found out in the reverse back in November. On that day Burnett’s side went into the game in good form and after taking the lead during the first half they seemed set to win the game. However, a superb second half performance from the ‘ Swans ‘ ended in them beating us 4-1. Swansea have picked up just four points from their ten home league matches this season, and that has been their downfall this season, but their poor home form is something which Spurs can exploit. The South Wales club have a number of talented young players on their books that Spurs will have to wary of. The ‘ Swans ‘ top scorer this campaign is forward Liam Cullen (8), young technical midfielder Kees De Boer and left winger Mason Jones-Thomas are other players who are capable are making an impact on Monday’s game, along with CAM Yan Dhanda.
The return of Troy Parrott from injury couldn’t have come at a better time for Wayne Burnett as we have desperately been lacking the focal point of an out and centre forward, ever since Kazaiah Sterling joined Sunderland on loan in January. This is a huge game in Spurs’ season and I am confident that our lads will try their very best to make amends for last Monday’s hugely disappointing defeat to Blackburn. I will be traveling up to Swansea to report on Monday’s big game and I would like to wish our lads all the very best of luck for the match.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Hinds, Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Cirkin, Marsh (c), White, Tracey, Maghoma, Roles, Parrott.
Subs from: De Bie, Dinzeyi, Duncan, Oakley-Boothe, Bennett.
Injured/unavailable: Luke Amos, Luis Binks, Maximus Tainio, Enoch Asante, Jeremie Mukendi.
Doubtful: TJ Eyoma, Jamie Reynolds, Malachi Walcott.
Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.
My one to watch: The ‘ Swans ‘ 21 year old right back Tyler Reid really impressed me during the reverse fixture back in November. The former Manchester United youngster put in an excellent performance against us at left back on that particularly day, and his physicality and reading of the game was second to none. Reid who has previously spent time out on loan with Newport County, has made 14 appearances for Swansea City in the PL2 this season.