Spurs Under 23’s versus Barnet FC: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side will play their final game of pre-season on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 15:00pm) when Wayne Burnett’s team face National League side Barnet FC at The Hive Stadium. Spurs lost their last pre-season friendly against Crawley Town last Saturday 2-1, which was their first defeat of this pre-season, after having won their three previous games. Barnet recorded a 1-1 draw with League One side Oxford United in their most recent pre-season friendly, and they certainly won’t be an easy team for Spurs to play against on Saturday. Since the Spurs Under 23’s last friendly against Crawley Town, Spurs have loaned out centre-forward Kion Etete to League Two side Northampton Town. Also defender Jubril Okedina has joined League One side Cambridge United on a permanent transfer, having spent the second half of last season on loan with them. So that means that there could be a couple of changes to the Spurs starting eleven on Saturday, and it will be particularly interesting to see who plays at centre-forward, as Alfie Devine started the Crawley game there, while Max Robson started the Hastings United game in that position. With Dane Scarlett possibly in the squad for the first team friendly game against Arsenal on Sunday, that would leave Spurs with only one recognised centre-forward in first year Academy player Jamie Donley. Spurs’ development side last played Barnet in the Papa John’s Trophy in 2017, and on that day Wayne Burnett’s side lost 2-1. I will be reporting on Saturday’s match and I hope to publish my report on Sunday. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Muir, Paskotši, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), Michael Craig, Markanday, Devine, Bennett, Robson.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Kyezu, Hackett, Matthew Craig, Pedder, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 1-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Barnet’s 30 year old forward Adam Marriott.

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