Spurs’ Under 23 side will travel down to the South Coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion, on Friday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm, at Brighton’s AMEX Elite Football Performance Centre). Wayne Burnett’s side managed to win 1-0 against Manchester United in their last Premier League 2 game, thanks to a late winner from Dilan Markanday. Brighton have started the season well, like Spurs, and they have been particularly strong at home, picking up 13 points from five league games this season. Brighton haven’t actually lost a home game in the Premier League 2 since February, when they lost to Manchester City. Brighton have also only conceded 13 league goals this season. This will be a tough game for Spurs, and with players such as centre-forward and Switzerland youth international Lorent Tolaj, forward and Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Evan Ferguson and Andrew Moran, Brighton will be a difficult team to win against later today. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match. However, unfortunately I will be unable to report on today’s game, as I have not been given permission to do so by the home club.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett.
Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Michael Craig, Mundle, Santiago.
Previous meeting: Spurs 5-1.
My score prediction: 1-1.
My one to watch: Lorent Tolaj (20). A Switzerland youth international, centre-forward Lorent Tolaj is a strong but technically gifted player, who really impressed me when I saw him play against Spurs’ Under 18 side a couple of seasons ago. Tolaj has scored three goals from ten Premier League 2 appearances this season, and has also provided one assist.