Our inform under 23 side face Southampton’s B team on Sunday afternoon (the game starts at 14:00pm) in the Premier League 2. The game which takes place at Snows Stadium, the home of AFC Totton, is Spurs’ 15th league game of the season, a season which Wayne Burnett’s side have done really well in so far. Spurs are in second place in the league table with 24 points from 14 games, and Spurs’ opponents on Sunday are currently in the relegation zone in 11th place, after picking up 11 points from 12 games. Last season these sides only met on one occasion with the score that day ending 2-2, in what was really a game of two halves, with Spurs dominating the first half and Southampton dominating the second half. Unbeaten in their last four league games, Spurs recorded a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in their last game, and it was a match that sounded like Spurs were the better team in. Sunday’s hosts Southampton have only won three of their 12 league games this season, although a number of their under 23 players have been involved in first team match day squads this season. Tricky left-winger/left-back Will Ferry is a player who could potentially cause Spurs problems down the left flank with his skill, while Kazeem Olaigbe has scored three goals from four appearances for Southampton’s under 18 side so far this season. Southampton are a side who play good football so this will be another difficult game for Spurs who since their last game have seen a number of their squad go out on loan or left the club permanently, players such as Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Maurizio Pochettino and Kazaiah Sterling. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for Sunday’s game.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Markanday, Marsh, Bowden, Bennett, Devine, Scarlett, Etete.
Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Thorpe, John, Mukendi.
Previous meeting: 2-2.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.
My one to watch: Republic of Ireland youth international Will Ferry, who can play as a left-winger or as a left-back. Ferry is a very skilful and direct player.