Spurs’ Development Side return to the Papa John’s Trophy for this seasons edition of the competition. Wayne Burnett’s side lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League 2 last Friday, and they go into Tuesday’s group-stage game against Stevenage FC (the game starts at 19:00pm) at the Lamex Stadium, without a number of players because of international call-ups. This will undoubtedly be a very tough game for Spurs against an experienced League Two side. However, this game and competition will provide the Spurs Under 21’s with the invaluable experience of playing against EFL teams in competitive competition, as it has done in recent seasons. Spurs played well against Arsenal on Friday, but after Marcel Lavinier was shown a second yellow card in the second half, the game became just too difficult for Spurs. Because of the various international call-ups of players during this international break, this will hopefully give opportunities to some players who haven’t played many games this season, and what a great game it will be to play in for them, if selected. Spurs will have to watch out for Stevenage forwards Luke Norris and Jamie Reid on Tuesday, as both have goals and experience in forward areas. However, the whole Stevenage team are more than capable of causing Spurs problems on the night, which is what will make it such a challenging game. I will be in Stevenage reporting on the game on Tuesday evening, and I will hopefully have my match report ready for the next day. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), Fagan-Walcott, Lavinier, White, Santiago, Mundle, Robson, Bennett, Markanday.
Subs from: Hayton, Muir, Kyezu, Haysman, Pedder, Torraj, Williams.
Unavailable (international call-ups): Dane Scarlett, Thimothée Lo-Tutala, Maksim Paskotši, Nile John, Alfie Devine, Jamie Donley, Jordan Hackett, Will Andiyapan.
Previous meeting: N/A.
My score prediction: 2-2.
My one to watch: Luke Norris (28). The Stevenage forward has already scored two goals in League Two this season from five appearances, and he is a player that the Spurs defenders will have to watch closely, if he does play.