Spurs Under 21’s versus Cambridge United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Development squad have an important Papa John’s Trophy group game to play on Tuesday night, when they play League One side Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm). Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League 2 on Friday, in their last competitive match. However, it was a game that they probably deserved to win, especially as they went 2-0 up during the first half. In Group 16 of this seasons Papa John’s Trophy, Spurs won their opening group game of the competition 4-3 against Stevenage, in what was a very impressive performance, especially as Spurs were missing a number of players because of international call-ups. Cambridge United also won their opening group game – beating Oxford United 4-1. Cambridge United have started the new League One season well, picking up 11 points from their opening seven league matches. This will be a very tough test for Spurs tomorrow, against a good side who also play a good and effective style of football. Former Spurs Academy player Shilow Tracey joined Cambridge United this summer, and the one time regular player for Wayne Burnett’s side has started the season well for his new club. A very direct winger, the Spurs players will be well aware of how difficult he can be to defend against. 23 year old forward Sam Smith scored a brace in the game against Oxford United, and he will be another player to watch out for, as will talented and versatile former Spurs Academy defender Jubril Okedina.

A point or possibly two points (if the game goes to a penalty shootout) would be a very good result tomorrow, against arguably the second toughest side in the group. With Spurs’ first team playing Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night this could mean that some of the Spurs Under 23 players miss out on the Cambridge United game. However, it will be interesting to see what the team is tomorrow night. I will be reporting on tomorrow’s match and would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), White, Clarke, Pedder, Santiago, Markanday. 

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Muir, Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-2.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Jubril Okedina. A Spurs Academy player for many years up until this summer, versatile defender Jubril Okedina is in my opinion a very good defender who reads the game really well.

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