After recording an impressive three-two win over a good Blackburn Rovers team the previous Monday, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side will now be preparing to face the reigning champions of the Premier League 2 Division one, in London rivals Chelsea (the game takes place on Monday at Kingsmeadow, with the game starting at 7pm). Starting for Alan Myers’s Chelsea side on Monday is 38 year old goalkeeper Petr Cech who has decided to come out of retirement, after having last played a competitive game of football in the May of 2019. So the former Czech Republic international and Chelsea legend will definitely add quality and experience to a Chelsea side who sit in third place in the league table, and have won all four of their home league games this season. Spurs recorded a draw (two-two) away, and lost one-nil at home to Chelsea last season in the Premier League 2, with both games demanding a lot from the Spurs players against a high intensity and physical Chelsea team. Danny Drinkwater (30) and Ghana international Baba Rahman (26) have played for Chelsea’s under 23 side already this season, so I’m sure that the Spurs players will be aware of their quality going into tomorrow’s game. Some of the Chelsea’s players to keep an eye on tomorrow (the game is being shown on Chelsea’s Fifth Stand app and official website) include attacking midfielder Thierno Ballo, former Tromso forward Bryan Fiabema who has four league goals this season and commanding centre half Sam McClelland. There is no doubting that this will be a very tough game for Wayne Burnett’s side, but after ending a three game run without a win last Monday, I reckon that tomorrow’s game will be quite a close and very competitive one. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Lavinier, Okedina (c), Lyons-Foster, Rose, Marsh, White, Pochettino, Devine, Clarke, Etete.
Subs from: De Bie, Omole, Thorpe, Pedder, Mukendi.
Doubtful: Malachi Fagan-Walcott and Dilan Markanday.
Previous meeting: Spurs nil-one Chelsea.
My score prediction: Spurs three-two Chelsea.
My one to watch: 17 year old Norwegian forward Bryan Fiabema, who has four Premier League 2 goals from seven appearances so far this season.