(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Top of the Premier League 2 Division 1 Spurs will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the 2020/21 season, when they host Southampton’s B team on Saturday afternoon at Hotspur Way (kick off is at 2pm). The Saints who are managed by David Horseman, recently revamped their under 23 set up and have since decided to call their development side a B team, in case any of you were wondering why the name of their side had changed. Southampton finished last season in 11th place in the league with 15 points from 18 games, and our one and only meeting with them last season ended in a 2-2 draw, after a real game of two halves. A team who in recent years have played with quite a bit of width at under 18 and 23 level, Southampton have one won one, drawn one and lost one of their opening three Premier League 2 games of the season, and they currently sit in eight position. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side on the other hand have started the season in excellent form after winning two really tough matches and drawing another really tough one against Brighton. Some of David Horseman’s players that could cause Spurs some problems on Saturday afternoon include tricky Republic of Ireland youth international and winger/fullback Will Ferry, along with quick and experienced winger Josh Sims (23) who has already played a good number of Premier League games for Southampton over the years. 24 year old goalkeeper Angus Gunn played Southampton’s last game at this level and if he were to feature again on Saturday then his presence would be a real plus for the visitors. Also central midfielder Callum Slattery (21) and 24 year old winger Jake Hesketh are other players who have the potential to make a big influence on this fixture. Every game in this division is a tough one but the way that Spurs have played so far this season from what I have read on the Spurs website from the official match reports, we seem to have played really well as a team which going forward (obviously some players will likely go out on loan before the end of the transfer window) will put us in very good stead for this season.
Interestingly two trialists played in our 1-0 win over north London rivals Arsenal last Saturday, as former Chelsea fullback Marcel Lavinier and former Arsenal defender Tobi Omole played in that game, so it will be interesting to see if they feature again. Due to the current situation I will be unable to report on our game against Southampton however, Spurs usually tweet the half time and full time scores on their official Twitter account, as well as providing a match report on their website. I would like to wish Wayne Burnett’s side all the very best of luck for this match.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Omole (Tr), Okedina (c), Lyons-Foster, Lavinier (Tr), White, Thorpe, Richards, Markanday, Bennett, Sterling.
Subs from: Oluwayemi, Lusala, Pedder, Pochettino, Etete.
Injured/unavailable: George Marsh (serving the second of a three game suspension).
Doubtful: Malachi Fagan-Walcott.
Previous meeting: 2-2.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: 19 year old left winger Will Ferry will provide Southampton with speed and trickery if he does play on Saturday afternoon. The wide man has greatly impressed me whenever I have seen him play for Southampton at youth level over the years, with his very direct style of play.