Spurs under 23’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

Our under 23’s will be looking to end their four game run without a win when they travel up to Lancashire to face Blackburn Rovers on Monday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm), in a Premier League 2 fixture which is being played behind closed doors. Wayne Burnett’s side lost by five goals to one in their last league game against Leicester City, which was played at Hotspur Way last Monday. Billy Barr’s Blackburn Rovers side recorded a one-one draw with Everton in their last Premier League 2 game and they sit in fifth place in the league table, four points above 11th place Spurs. Always a difficult team to beat, Blackburn have only lost one league game this season and that came at home against Arsenal who they lost six-nil to back in early November. In this fixture last season Spurs lost by four goals to nil when they faced Blackburn at the Leyland County ground, a physical and fairly direct side who won’t allow you to enjoy too much time on the ball. Former Coleraine midfielder Brad Lyons (23) is a good and experienced player who does have an eye for goal, while Scottish centre forward Connor McBride (19) has scored six goals from eight appearance in the Premier League 2 this season. 23 year old forward Harrison Chapman is a tricky and skilful player who could also cause Spurs problems on Monday. This will be another very tough game for Spurs, and in our last two meetings with Blackburn we have lost four-nil and three-nil. While I am unable to attend Monday’s game I shall be tweeting live scored updates on my Twitter account. Finally I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for this game. A win for Spurs could lift them as high up as seventh in the league standings.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Lavinier, Okedina (c), Lyons-Foster, Cirkin, Bowden, White, Clarke, Devine, Bennett, Etete.

Subs from: De Bie, Omole, Thorpe, Pochettino, Pedder.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dilan Markanday.

Previous meeting: Spurs nil-four Blackburn Rovers.

My score prediction: Spurs three-one.

My one to watch: Billy Barr’s team’s top scorer in the league this season Connor McBride. The 19 year old who has experience playing senior football with Stenhousemuir in Scotland, has already scored six goals from eight Premier League 2 appearances this season.

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