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

Still in with a good chance of finishing as runners up in the PL2 Division One, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side enter Sunday’s (the game at Hotspur Way starts at 13:00pm and is being shown live on Chelsea’s 5th Stand App and official website) London derby with Chelsea in very good form. Last Monday Spurs beat Leicester City 3-1, while Chelsea beat Southampton by the same score line. Chelsea are a very good team, and in the lively reverse fixture between Spurs and Chelsea earlier in the season, Chelsea came back from two goals down to win 3-2. Adventurous full-back/winger Valentino Livramento has great pace and skill, and he is a player who will go on many forward runs down Spurs’ left flank, if he does play tomorrow. The west London club who sit in fourth place in the league (two points behind us), are a very technical side and their passing game is very good. Midfielder Lewis Bate has great vision for a pass from midfield, while the skill of Marcel Lewis from out wide could cause Spurs problems, as could tall and physical centre-forward George Nunn. However, Spurs will go into this game in great confidence having enjoyed a great season so far, and they will also be looking to make up for giving away a two goal lead in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Spurs will be without first year Academy player and centre-forward Dane Scarlett, after he picked up an injury in the Spurs under 18’s FA Youth Cup game with West Brom earlier in the week, while I believe that George Marsh will miss out again through suspension. I’m really looking forward to watching tomorrow’s game as it promises to be a really interesting one. And I would like to wish the Spurs lads all the very best of luck for the match.

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

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Skinner, John, Pedder, Richards.

Injured/unavailable: George Marsh (suspended), Malachi Fagan-Walcott (injured), Dane Scarlett (injured).

Doubtful: Thimothee Lo-Tutala (injured).

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Valentino Livramento (18) played well in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, and he was also excellent against Spurs’ under 18 side during the previous season. An intelligent player with great pace, Livramento loves to take players on and go on good forward runs from deep, as a right-back.

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