Spurs under 23’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)
(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC).
After suffering a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers earlier in the week, Wayne Burnett’s development side will be looking to make a statement when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday evening, at the AMEX stadium. Spurs were totally dominated by Blackburn in the rain on Monday night, and Burnett’s side struggled to offer much of an attacking threat in the absence of any recognised strikers. Our under 23’s have not won a game since August so it is imperative that they get a positive result on the board against Brighton tomorrow night. Last season we drew 1-1 to Brighton at home before later losing 2-0 to them down on the south coast. The ‘ Seagulls ‘ who are managed by Simon Rusk have had a mixed start to the new PL2 season. Brighton currently occupy eight spot in the division one table having won two of their opening six league games. Some of Brighton’s standout players include centre forward Bojan Radulovic, forward Ryan Longman, midfielder Danny Cashman, winger Taylor Richards and Irish central defender Warren O’Hora. Since Graham Potter took over Brighton’s first team they seem to be playing a brand of attacking football so I would expect the ‘ Seagulls ‘ under 23’s to play in a similar fashion on Friday night. I would imagine that there will be wholesale changes in the Spurs team for tomorrow’s game after the disappointing fashion of Monday nights defeat to Blackburn. Perhaps we might see a couple of players from the under 18’s make the step up for this game. Also the fact that our under 19’s have a game on Tuesday could also mean that some players are rested for tomorrow’s game. As always I shall be in attendance, and my in-depth match report of the game will be out at some point over the weekend. I wish all of our lads the very best of luck for this important game.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Okedina, Eyoma (c), Dinzeyi, Hinds, White, Bowden, Markanday, Maghoma, Patterson, Tracey.
Subs from: Oluwayemi, Binks, Clarke, Pochettino, Etete.
Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin, Jeremie Mukendi.
Doubtful: Maxwell Statham, Maximus Tainio, Jonathan De Bie, J’Neil Bennett, Armando Shashoua, Rodel Richards.
Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: Brighton’s Serbian striker Bojan Radulovic who has netted twice from four PL2 appearances this season.