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

It’s second place versus fifth place in the Premier League 2 division one table on Friday (the game starts at 12pm), as Spurs’ under 23 side host Everton at Hotspur Way. Wayne Burnett’s side come in to this game on the back of a five game unbeaten run, an unbeaten run from which they have picked up 11 points from. Everton went on a similarly good run up until they lost 3-1 to Manchester City in their last league game. These two sides met earlier on in the season in Southport last October, the score that day finished 0-0, but Spurs did dominate that game at times but neither side could score that all important goal on the day. David Unsworth’s Everton side have been very difficult to beat in recent years for Spurs, in fact since the Premier League 2 started for the 2016/17 season Spurs have only won one of eight meetings with Everton. A well structured side who have in fact won  the Premier League 2 division one title before, Unsworth’s side play good football and are good at keeping the ball and at defending. Everton’s top scorer at under 23 level this season Ellis Simms (he scored eight goals for their under 23 side) joined League One side Blackpool on loan last month so he won’t be playing on Friday. However, Everton do still have goals in their side with the likes of forward Nathan Broadhead and defender Thierry Small all chipping in with some goals so far this season. Spurs’ top scorer at this level this season is Kion Etete who was deservedly nominated for the January Premier League 2 player of the month award recently. Friday’s game will be an interesting one, and like Spurs’ last two league games it could be another very close game of football. I would like to wish Wayne Burnett’s side all the very best of luck for the game.

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

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, John, Thorpe, Mukendi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 0-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Everton’s 22 year old former Wales under 21 international Nathan Broadhead, who has five league goal contributions (three goals and two assists) for Everton’s under 23 side so far this season.

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