Spurs under 19’s versus Bayern Munich: (match preview)
(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC).
Our under 19’s take on German giants Bayern Munich on Tuesday afternoon, in game week two of this seasons UEFA youth league group stages. Our under 19’s kicked off their campaign with a 1-1 draw with Olympiacos under testing conditions in Greece, and they’ll be hoping to go one better when they host Bayern Munich at Hotspur Way tomorrow. With a squad consisting of regulars from both our under 18 and under 23 side, Ryan Mason’s team will be feeling confident that they can get a positive result on the board. The opposition have some very talented youngsters in their ranks furthermore, Bayern are doing well in their domestic league. Danny Schwarz’s side occupy second place in the under 19 Bundesliga after picking up an impressive 14 points from their opening seven matches. Some of the Bayern Munich players to look out for tomorrow afternoon include goalkeeper Lukas Schneller, defender Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi, goal scoring midfielder Malik Tillman and centre forward David Halbich. The pick of those listed players is the inform Malik Tillman who has already scored four goals in Bayern’s domestic league this season. Bayern Munich have a renowned academy set up and I would expect them to play an attacking brand of football, like their first team. The German club drew their first group game 0-0 against Serbian side Crvena Zvezda, and like Spurs they’ll be hoping to get their first win of the European campaign on the board tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if Ryan Mason makes many changes from that 1-1 draw with Olympiacos. It will also be interesting to see if Troy Parrott starts again for our under 19’s. The 17 year old Irish striker has been training exclusively with the Spurs senior team this season however, Mason’s side could definitely do with him against Bayern Munich tomorrow. I am anticipating a very tough match for Spurs and it could be the quality of somebody like Troy Parrott who sways the game in Spurs’ favour. I shall be reporting on the game but for those unable to attend, it is being shown live on BT Sport. I would like to wish Ryan Mason’s side all the very best of luck for what promises to be a fascinating and very closely fought contest.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster, Binks, Lusala, Bowden (c), Maghoma, Markanday, Richards, Clarke, Parrott.
Subs from: Kurylowicz, Cesay, White, Robson, Whittaker, Asante, Etete.
Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin, Michael Craig.
Doubtful: Jeremy Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Nile John, J’Neil Bennett.
Previous meeting: N/A.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.
My one to watch: Bayern Munich’s goal scoring midfielder Malik Tillman who has already found the back of the net on four occasions in the under 19 Bundesliga this season. Tillman is definitely a player to keep a close eye on tomorrow.