Spurs under 23’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)
Our under 23’s take on bitter rivals Arsenal tonight, in the PL2. Wayne Burnett’s sides go into this game on the back of a 2-1 away win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, their first win in seven matches. The ‘ Gunners ‘ who are managed by Steve Bould occupy third spot in the PL2 league table after picking up 14 points from their opening nine league games. Arsenal boast a wealth of talent and they have a tendency of fielding their strongest possible side for north London derbys. Some of the ‘ Gunners ‘ players to look out for tonight include 21 year old Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, attacking midfielder Ben Cottrell and potent centre forward Folarin Balogun. Other players to lookout for are former Spurs schoolboy Jordan McEneff and forward Tyreece John-Jules. This is a game that Spurs will be eager to win and one which would push them up the PL2 division one table. As far as I am aware we are only missing long term absentee Jeremie Mukendi for tonight’s clash with the only other possible absentee being striker Rodel Richards. That could mean that second year scholar Kion Etete might lead the line (the 17 year old started against Wolves last Saturday). Other interesting inclusions would be midfielder’s Jamie Bowden and Harvey White, the latter of which appears to have been rested for recent under 23 games. On a side note people may have noticed that I haven’t published any match reports for the last couple of under 18 and under 23 games. That is due to me working on two long historical articles which have taken up most of my spare time. However, I didn’t miss any Spurs youth games and I am looking forward to resuming my reporting duties tonight. The final bit of information is that our under 19’s UEFA youth league game against Serbian side Crvena Zvezda on Wednesday is being shown live on BT Sport.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Hinds, Eyoma (c), Binks, Lyons-Foster, Bowden, Maghoma, Oakley-Boothe, Shashoua, Tracey, Etete.
Subs from: Oluwayemi, Okedina, Dinzeyi, Pochettino, Markanday.
Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi.
Doubtful: Rodel Richards.
Previous meeting: Spurs 0-4.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1
My one to watch: Inform arsenal striker Folarin Balogun (18).