Spurs under 23’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

Having won their last three Premier League 2 games, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side will go into Friday’s (the game starts at 12pm) north London derby against Arsenal in great confidence, at Hotspur Way. Spurs’ last three league wins have seen them beat Liverpool, Brighton and West Ham respectively, while Arsenal have impressively won their last five Premier League 2 matches, scoring 17 goals in the process. Steve Bould’s Arsenal side sit in sixth place in the league after picking up 17 points from 12 games, and are a very talented side, with players who could potentially really test us in today’s behind closed doors fixture. One of those players is centre-forward Folarin Balogun who has scored six league goals and registered three assists so far this season, but there are also many other really exciting players in this Arsenal side. Forward Nikolaj Moller has scored five league goals so far this season, while midfielder Ben Cottrell has scored three league goals so far this season. Former Spurs Academy player Jonathan Dinzeyi is currently playing for Arsenal’s under 23 side after leaving Spurs after his contract came to an end last summer, so it will be interesting to see if he starts in central defence against us today. Arsenal are a side at this level who like to have the ball and love to go forward with it, and they did this against us in the reverse fixture at their London Colney training ground earlier in the season, although we ended up winning that game 1-0, thanks to a goal from Rodel Richards. I’m anticipating a very interesting and end to end game today, although I do believe that Spurs do have the quality to do the double over Arsenal in the league this season. Since our Premier League 2 win over West Ham last Friday, Spurs have loaned out under 23 players Brandon Austin and Malachi Fagan-Walcott, who have joined Orlando City and Dundee FC respectively. I would like to wish current league leaders Spurs all the very best of luck for today’s game against Arsenal. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Marsh, Lyons-Foster (c), Omole, Lavinier, Bowden, Thorpe, Bennett, Roles, Markanday, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Devine, Pochettino, Sterling.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Clinical 19 year old Arsenal centre-forward Folarin Balogun, who has scored four goals from his last three Premier League 2 appearances. Balogun’s movement off the ball and excellent finishing ability means that the Spurs defence will have to be alert to stop him from scoring today.

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