Spurs under 23’s versus West Ham: (match preview)

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Tomorrows PL2 game involving Spurs and West Ham United is the third meeting between these two sides this season, the previous two games have been enthralling to say the least. Seeing 14 goals, including a memorable 7-2 victory over the hammers in the premier league international cup back in September. Both sides are in bad form, with neither managing to record a victory in there last 5 matches. Though it is Terry Westley’s hammers side who are doing better then Spurs in the league, currently occupying a healthy 5th place, whilst Burnett’s team languish in the relegation zone. Looking to change all that, Burnett’s side will hopefully take the game to the hammers like they so often do on away games, with there being added incentive on this occasion. Having already seen them twice this season, the players that I’d be most wary of are – striker Toni Martinez, talented goalkeeper Nathan Trott and hammers centre half Olatunji Akinola, whose a threat from corners. Though of course, there’s always the possibly that Westley will field a couple of fringe players from Moyes’ senior side. I will be reporting on tomorrow evenings game (kick off: 7:00pm) which will take place at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Chigwell construction stadium, weather permitting! Then the follow night (providing there are no postponements) I’ll be in Stevenage for our FA Youth cup third round tie against Preston. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Marsh, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Pritchard(c), Amos, Edwards, Harrison, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

Subs from: Austin, Brown, Tracey, Loft, Skipp.

Doubtful: Dylan Duncan, Nick Tsaroulla and Jonathan Dinzeyi.

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs.

One to watch: Toni Martinez. The up and coming Spanish striker has been in fine form for the development squad this season, netting 8 goals in 11 league games. He has also made the bench for the senior team in recent weeks, Martinez is a strong and clinical target man.

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Spurs u19’s go marching into the last 16 of the UEFA youth league in style, with 4-1 home win over APOEL:

Spurs u19’s go marching into the last 16 of the UEFA youth league in style, with 4-1 home win over APOEL:

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“It was a good, professional performance. APOEL were a team we lost to at their place so we didn’t underestimate them. Although they’ve not had great results in the group, our main focus was to get a result, we knew it was in our hands to win and confirm top of the group and I thought the lads did that very well. In the second half, we had a little bit of a scare when they scored at 3-1 and gave it a bit of a push, but the lads saw out the game and deserved the win. I never felt at any point that we weren’t in control but I suppose the goal was a massive confidence boost for them and you never know, after that, the next goal is crucial but I still felt we controlled the game and in the end showed other bits of quality which pulled us away.”(Scott Parker)

Our under 19’s cruised in to the last 16 of the UEFA youth league with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over APOEL Nicosia at Hotspur Way, yesterday. Needing a win to cement top spot, which would see them avoid a tricky play off draw, Parker’s side went for the win against a team who had already beaten them this campaign. Courtesy of goals from Reo Griffiths, Marcus Edwards, Japhet Tanganga and substitute Rodel Richards saw Spurs overcome the Cypriot side whose goal came from Adoni. Though I wasn’t able to attend the game, it sounds like it was another fluid attacking display from Spurs with a panache about their game. Something which has been so prevalent throughout this campaign, in total contrast to last seasons disappointing one. It’s been a fantastic feat to top a group which included some top class youth teams. Furthermore, Parker’s side played some wonderful football full of confidence and style, they expressed themselves really well and have reaped their rewards with a place in the last 16. Spurs won’t find out who they have drawn in the last 16 until February, with the play off round still to be played. We could draw anyone from PSG to Inter Milan. My hope is that we draw the world renowned Ajax, who we beat in the nextgen series a couple of seasons back. Crucially the game will only be a one legged affair, and Spurs will be the home team. COYS

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Bennetts, Skipp (Bowden 82), Tanganga, Marsh, S Shashoua, Roles, Griffiths (Richards 73), Edwards (c), P Maghoma (Reynolds 61). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Patterson, Hinds, A Shashoua.

APOEL: Paraskevas, Kouppis, Constantinos, Stylianides, Zacharias (c), Neophytos, Sokratous (Okkaridis 46), Artemiou, Grubac, Naoum (Polikarpou 46), Andreou (Charalambous 81). Substitutes (not used): Priniotaki, Papdopoulos, Papoutsos, Veletinas.

Goals: Spurs – Griffiths 12, Edwards 29, Tanganga 43, Richards 80; APOEL – Adoni 61.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Richards 89; APOEL – Kouppis 59.

Referee: Erik Lambrechts.

Attendance: 175.

Statistics: Under 19’s: Goals: Edwards-4
Bennetts-1
Sterling-3
Roles-1
Tanganga-2
S.Shashoua-1
Brown-1
Griffiths-1
Richards-1

Assists: Edwards-5
Tanganga-1
S.Shashoua-4
Sterling-1
Roles-2
Bennetts-1

Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling: Some insight on the two Academy starlets braced for their Spurs debuts this evening:

Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling: Some insight on the two Academy starlets braced for their Spurs debuts this evening:

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There was a lot of talk about which Spurs youngsters would be included in our final champions league group game at home to APOEL on Wednesday evening. I myself went on about it in some detail in my preview of the game, predicting (as well as hoping) that the likes of S.Shashoua, Edwards and Sterling would all be amongst the match day squad, for a game which from Tottenham’s perspective they can not benefit from, having already secured top spot. It turns out that two Academy starlets will be part of this evenings squad as confirmed by Pochettino at yesterday’s press conference, tenacious midfielder Luke Amos (20) and promising striker Kazaiah Sterling (19) are both braced for their first appearance for the lilywhites. Even though it’s just the two players included by Pochettino and co, I’m absolutely delighted for the pair, who I have watched progress and develop for many years at youth level, below is some of my thoughts on the two players and some insight into their styles of play and traits.

Luke Amos: Now 20 years of age, Hertfordshire born midfielder Luke Amos looks set to make play his first competitive game in a Spurs shirt. The midfielder who joined our Academy set up from Ware youth in 2006, has risen through the ranks at Hotspur Way winning many plaudits along the way. An integral part of our talented FA youth cup team of 2014/15, Amos has also appeared on two occasions for the England under 18’s team and has gone on to become a key member of the development side. A tenacious defensive midfielder by trade, Amos enjoyed a successful loan spell at league one side Southend during the second part of last season. impressing manager Phil Brown and Southend fans alike. In my many match reports of Spurs development squad games, you’ll know from my individual player reviews that I’ll often describe Amos’ performance, as incredibly tidy/efficient, or that he broke up play really well and dominated the midfield. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen the youngster have a bad game, he is one of the most consistent and hard working Academy performers and that will be something that Pochettino will have noted from his time at the club. Though a versatile player, Amos mainly operates as a holding midfielder, a little like former Spurs man Lesniak in many respects. Amos is an anchor man a vital clog in a Spurs side that loves to attack and go forward. The midfielder covers a ridiculous amount of ground, presses the opposition well and isn’t flashy in his play. He keeps it simple with short passes and sharp incisive movement. He is tough tackling and determined, he isn’t the kind of player that’s going to play a defence splitting pass or one that will overplay situations with a sparkling piece of skill. He is more a player in the Wanyama mould, a player who does his defensive duties impeccably so that others can do the attacking sides of the game.

I remember Spurs legend Cliff Jones was left mighty impressed after seeing Amos play in PL2 game last season. Amos has impressed in the numerous senior friendlies he has been involved in, and with his terrific attitude and determination I’m sure that he’ll impress again tonight, if called upon.

Kazaiah Sterling: After bursting on to the scene as a schoolboy back in the spring of 2015 in the FA Youth Cup, former Leyton Orient youngster Kazaiah Sterling has been touted as a hot prospect by many Spurs fans and coaches alike. A talented young striker who has represented England at youth level, Sterling is a powerful and pacy centre forward who possesses a terrific work rate and desire to make promising runs in between the defenders. He is always on the move something that Pochettino will like a lot, but what I like most about young Sterling is his clinical ability in front of goal. He likes to finish with a hard and low effort he hits them early (like Keane) he is sharp of his mark and a real threat in the air. He shows great awareness and is a player who possesses a great goal scoring record at youth level. This season his tally for goals scored stands at 10, whilst he has also chipped in with 2 assists. His cameo for the season side in Hong Kong last season saw him net his first goal for Spurs! I was already planning on writing a much longer piece on the young striker and I will do that soon, I wish both our lads the very best of luck for this evening. COYS

 

Spurs under 19’s versus APOEL Nicosia: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus APOEL Nicosia: (match preview)

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Wednesday will be an intriguing day for the Spurs Academy, firstly there is the crucial under 19 game with APOEL in the afternoon with a win securing us top spot. However, there is also from our perspective a dead rubber game in the champions league. This gives Mauricio Pochettino and John McDermott a dilemma, do they play their key youth players in that game or do they instead give them the opportunity of a lifetime to play in senior side at Wembley in club footballs most prestigious competition against APOEL Nicosia? It’s a decision for Pochettino and his coaches and one that we’ll know more about when the teams for the youth league game are announced on Wednesday afternoon. Regarding the under 19’s game, it’s worth noting that their achievement in already qualifying from a group that contains Real Madrid and Dortmund is just a remarkable as that of our first team. A win against APOEL at Hotspur Way would mean we would go straight into the round of 8 as oppose to the last 16 where we would be given a tricky away game. The last time these sides met back in September, Spurs succumbed to a shock 1-0 defeat. With that being the Cypriot sides only goal of the campaign, they have conceded 20 goals including a 10-0 thrashing to Real Madrid. That being said one thing that is imperative in youth football especially, is that you can’t underestimate your opposition and in this case even more so! Therefore I would expect Scott Parker to field a strong side on Wednesday. Sadly I will be unable to attend the game and it is not being broadcast in the UK, so fans will have to follow Twitter for updates. COYS

Doubtful: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster(who I saw in a protective boot on Saturday), Matt Lock, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Moroyin Omolabi, Nick Tsaroulla.

My predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Austin, Eyoma, Marsh, Tanganga, Brown, P. Maghoma,Duncan, Roles, Richards, Griffiths, Bennetts.

Subs from: De Bie, Reynolds, A.Shashoua, Reynolds, Hinds, Bowden, P.Patterson.

My score prediction: 4-0 to Spurs.

One to watch: APOEL’s left back Constantinos Karayiannis who scored against Spurs in the reverse fixture.

Spurs under 23’s 2-4 Manchester City: (concise report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-4 Manchester City: (concise report)

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This game for Wayne Burnett’s side proved to be yet another thriller as Manchester City fought back from two goals down to crush any hopes of a win for Spurs, up in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. On a day of disappointment for Spurs across various levels it was a game which promised so much for Burnett’s talented side. Spurs took a two goal lead inside the opening half hour courtesy of Shayon Harrison’s free kick and then through Kazaiah Sterling’s deflected header. Phil Foden pulled a goal back for the sky blues, and Simon Davies’ side seemed to achieve confidence from that goal, going on to win the second half 4-2 courtesy of a hat trick from striker Lukas Nmecha. A disappointing end to what sounded like a good performance from Spurs, who now sit bottom of the league table. I haven’t been able to find out who assisted Sterling’s goal, but when I do, I will update my statistics. Our development squad travel to Barnet in midweek for the final Checkatrade trophy game, before a visit to east London on the following Monday in the PL2. I will be attending both of those games. COYS

Official match report on Man City’s website: https://www.mancity.com/news/eds/match-report/2017/november/man-city-eds-v-tottenham-premier-league-2-match-report

U23’s 2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-7
Loft-1
Duncan-2
Edwards-4
Tanganga-1
Pritchard-3
S.Shashoua-5
Bennetts: 1
Tracey-1
Harrison-3

Assists: Skipp-1
Miller-1
Sterling-1
Pritchard-4
Edwards-3
Tracey-3
Eyoma-1
S.Shashoua-1
Brown-1
Sterling-3
Bennetts-2
Marsh-1

Spurs versus Manchester City under 23’s (match preview)

Spurs versus Manchester City under 23’s (match preview)

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A busy week of football for Wayne Burnett’s side starts on Saturday with a trip up to Manchester to face Simon Davies’ (not the former Spurs player) Manchester City side in the PL2. A game which I will be unable to attend due to a fixture clash with the senior teams game with West Brom. Man City have started the season in decent form with 10 points from their first 10 league games, whilst Burnett’s team have struggled on the road. The game which kicks off at 13:00pm will be played at the blues impressive academy stadium with a match report hopefully being published by the club later that day. With our final Checkatrade trophy game against Barnet taking place on Tuesday, I’m guessing that Burnett will field an experienced group of youngsters against the blues, with the visit of Barnet presenting the opportunity for more under 18’s to feature. This fixture has produced some really memorable games over recent seasons going back to the old under 21 league, I remember joking with development squad defender Christian Maghoma after last seasons dramatic 2-2 draw, about just how crazy the games are when we play City. The season before last Maghoma seemed to have netted the winner deep in stoppage time to make it 3-2, only for City to equalise straight after kick off. Hopefully it will be another great experience for our lads. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Amos(c), Skipp, Edwards, Pritchard, S.Shashoua, Harrison.

Subs from: Austin, Marsh, Tracey, Sterling, Roles.

Doubtful: Nick Tsaroulla, Dylan Duncan.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: A star of England under 17’s recent World Cup campaign, midfielder Phil Foden is one of the hottest prospects in world football and a player that our lads will know well.

Spurs under 19’s 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: (match report)

Spurs under 19’s 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: (match report)

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Spurs’ penultimate group game of their UEFA youth league campaign occurred yesterday, as Spurs travelled to Borussia Dortmund’s training ground to face the top of the table team. It was a spectacular and dominant display from Scott Parker’s lads, they dominated from the start, played intricate attacking football throughout and thwarted any creativity that Dortmund could come up with. The 3-1 victory for the lilywhites assures them of a place in the last 16, whilst a win against APOEL in the final group game will make sure they finish as group winners. Spurs got the game underway at Dortmund’s training ground as Spurs looked to assert there authority on the game. Tanganga made an important early block whilst the lively Samuel Shashoua done well to earn Spurs a corner down the left. The 18 year old then went on to embark on a jinking run down left, before setting Maghoma through, his first time effort being blocked by Unbehaun. Spurs’ bright start to the game saw them take an early and deserved lead courtesy of a fine move. It was an attacking move which saw Eyoma pass to Edwards down the right flank, he then picked out Shashoua in the box with a neat pass. Shashoua cooly slotting the ball into the bottom corner of Unbehaun’s net, 1-0. Spurs had put a foot hold on the game, dominating the central areas of the pitch Spurs soon pushed for a second.

And that second goal almost came a couple of minutes after our first, when Oliver Skipp’s brilliant curling long range effort cannoned off of Unbehaun’s crossbar, Skipp showing superb technique. It wasn’t to matter however, as Parker’s side doubled their lead on 18 minutes courtesy of some brilliant skill down the left from the potent Shashoua. It was a goal of real class which came about after a brilliant run down the left from the nimble footed Shashoua, managing to power his way past a Dortmund defender who got on a foot on the ball, only for left back Jaden Brown to slot home. It was a great finish from Brown who showed excellent feet to out wit a defender before tucking the ball home. Parker’s team were absolutely dominating the German club, Samuel Shashoua at the heart of Spurs’ attacking moves. Austin had been a spectator up until the 31st minute when an unfortunate goalkeeping error led to Dortmund pulling a goal back. Emre Aydinel’s free kick should have been a routine save for the youngster, but unfortunately Austin fumbled the shot which ended up squirming across the line, 2-1. Spurs threatened the home team soon afterwards through the lively Marcus Edwards whose run into the area and low centre of gravity, resulted in Osterhage bringing him down inside the box, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot. Unfortunately for Edwards (who has a remarkable penalty conversion rate) Unbehaun guessed the right way to make a top save to deny Spurs a two goal cushion.

TJ Eyoma made a decisive challenge at the other end to prevent a promising opening for Dortmund, but it was Spurs who were seeing more of the ball, creating a string of fine chances in the process. A long range effort was easily gathered by Austin before a lovely move late on in the half, saw them reestablish there two goal lead. It was an excellent goal which saw Spurs catch Die Borussen on the counter attack. Striker Kazaiah Sterling received the ball down the left flank after picking up an accurate Shashoua pass. Sterling continuing his foray towards goal before curling a sublime effort inside the far corner of Unbehaun’s net to give Spurs the lead that they so deserved going into the break. The hosts tested Spurs straight after the restart when Austin was forced into making a low save, but even though Spurs were less concerned on going forward, they continued to dictate the flow of the game. A quite comical moment occurred just after the hour mark, when a steward accidentally lifted the ball off the field of play when it hadn’t crossed the line, this resulted in some confusion for both sets of players and the referee, which resulted in Spurs giving Dortmund the ball, the last time I remember anything like that was in a senior game against West Brom some years ago. Dortmund had begun to play a more contained and defensive style of play as they looked to grow back into the game, this resulted in a far less entertaining second half. The ever impressive Shashoua done well to carry the ball away from a tricky situation, whilst the excellent Tanganga made an important block minutes later. Kazaiah Sterling forced Unbehaun into making an excellent save when he tried his luck with another curling effort from range. Meanwhile, 16 year old midfielder Paris Maghoma who had been brilliant in the centre of the park, almost scored a brilliant fourth for Spurs. After Unbehaun cleared the ball off his line, the confident 16 year old received the ball before trying a spectacular effort from over 35 yards out. And it almost came off were it not for a fine fingertip save from Unbehaun.

Substitute Jack Roles deep swinging corner was headed into the palms of Unbehaun by Tanganga shortly afterwards, Spurs had the game in control. Dortmund’s best chance of the half fell to Kampetsis on the edge of the Spurs box, his low drive flying inches wide of Austin’s goal. A late penalty shout from Sterling was waived away by the referee as Spurs went on to see out the game with a performance of the highest quality. COYS

Notable performances: Samuel Shashoua had the biggest influence on the game and was undoubtedly the man of the match. But it was an excellent team performance from Parker’s lads which saw them dominate every aspect of the game. Marcus Edwards was excellent with the ball at his feet and created some good chances, whilst Kazaiah Sterling’s fine movement and pressing up top resulted in him scoring an excellent goal. The defence was rock solid, Tanganga and Lyons-Foster snuffing out any dangerous balls that Dortmund tried to put through our defence. However, it was the performance of 16 year old Paris Maghoma in the centre of the park who won the most plaudits. I have seen Maghoma many times for our under 18’s this season and he has showed excellent potential. But his performance against Dortmund was his best so far, he was dominant in the midfield. Carried the ball well and advanced on many promising forward runs, playing his part in the third Spurs goal. I have a feeling the skilful midfielder will play a big part in our FA youth cup campaign which starts next Wednesday.

My man of the match: It has to go to winger Samuel Shashoua for a performance of the highest quality in Germany. The 18 year old starlet played a big part in all three of our goals, scoring one and creating two. And it’s not just his attacking play which was so impressive, all aspects of his play were top class against Dortmund. He tracked back well and pressed high throughout, and carried the ball out of dangerous situations deep inside his own half. The first team beckons in the not so distant future!

Dortmund (4-3-3): Unbehaun, Bruun Larsen (c), Killian, Pieper, Wanner, Osterhage, Kopacz, Sancho, Kampetsis, Aydinel, Ibrahim (Bulut 70). Substitutes (not used): Missner, Schwermann, Schell, Hawryluk, Pena-Zauner, Jano.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Austin, Eyoma (Hinds 85), Tanganga, Lyons-Foster, Brown, Marsh, Skipp, S Shashoua (Bowden 89), P Maghoma, Edwards (c, Roles 73), Sterling. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Reynolds, Griffiths, Richards.

Goals: Spurs – Shashoua 8, Brown 18, Sterling 44; Borussia Dortmund – Aydinel 31.

Yellow cards: Borussia Dortmund – Osterhage 90; Spurs – Tanganga 85, Austin 90+3.

Referee: Sandro Scharer (Switzerland).

Statistics: Under 19’s: Goals: Edwards-3
Bennetts-1
Sterling-3
Roles-1
Tanganga-1
S.Shashoua
Brown-1

Assists: Edwards-4
Tanganga-1
S.Shashoua-3
Sterling-1

 

Spurs under 19’s versus Borussia Dortmund: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus Borussia Dortmund: (match preview)

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It feels like a long time ago when these two academy teams met in game week one of the UEFA youth league, Spurs recorded an emphatic 4-0 home victory over the renowned academy side. Spurs, who are in with a great chance of making the knockout stages, will face Dortmund at their training ground on Tuesday afternoon (kick off; 1pm) with the game being televised live on BT Sport 1. Top of the table Borussia Dortmund have three wins from four games and are on the cusp of qualifying for the knockout stage. The task is a big one for McDermott’s side, but if they can replicate their recent performance against Real Madrid, then their in with a fighting chance.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1)Austin, Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Tanganga, Bennetts, Marsh, Bowden, Edwards, Roles, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

Subs from: De Bie, Hinds, P.Maghoma, A.Shashoua, P.Patterson, Griffiths, Reynolds.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: One of the best young talents in world football English winger Jadon Sancho will provide a real attacking threat if involved.

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Chelsea:

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Chelsea:

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In a game which saw Erik Lamela play his first competitive game of football in over a year, the presence of Spurs’ recuperating star wasn’t enough to earn Burnett’s side any points, in what was a fiercely contested London Derby in the PL2. Played at Hotspur Way, Burnett’s side fell behind inside the opening two minutes to a Taylor-Crossdale goal. However, the lilywhites responded swiftly with Shayon Harrison netting the leveller on 11 minutes. Though Spurs couldn’t hold on as Taylor-Crossdale scored his brace early on in the second half. The blues eventually going on to grab a third courtesy of Callum Hudson Odoi’s stoppage time penalty. Spurs did pull a goal back when substitute Kazaiah Sterling converted George Marsh’s cross, but there was no time to mount a comeback, the final score Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Chelsea. Up next for our under 23’s is a trip up north to face Man City next Sunday, it’s always an entertaining game when those two sides meet. COYS

Spurs: Whiteman, Marsh, Bennetts (C Maghoma 63), Skipp, Tanganga, Lyons-Foster, Tracey, Amos (c), Harrison, Edwards (Sterling 75), Lamela (Pritchard 60). Substitutes (not used): Austin, Loft.

Chelsea: Cumming, James, Chalobah, Clarke-Salter (c), Grant, Scott, St Clair, Sammut, Taylor-Crossdale (C Dasilva 88), Maddox (McCormick 66), Hudson-Odoi. Substitutes (not used): Bulka, K Hazard, Colley.

Goals: Spurs – Harrison 11, Sterling 90+4; Chelsea – Taylor-Crossdale 2, 53, Hudson-Odoi 90+2 (pen).

Yellow cards: Spurs – Pritchard 62, Whiteman 90+1; Chelsea – Chalobah 15, Sammut 79.

Referee: Christopher O’Donnell.

Attendance: 157.

U23’s 2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-6
Loft-1
Duncan-2
Edwards-4
Tanganga-1
Pritchard-3
S.Shashoua-5
Bennetts: 1
Tracey-1
Harrison-2

Assists: Skipp-1
Miller-1
Sterling-1
Pritchard-4
Edwards-2
Tracey-3
Eyoma-1
S.Shashoua-1
Brown-1
Sterling-3
Bennetts-2
Marsh-1

 

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

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

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My 100% record of attending this seasons under 23 games will come to an end this Saturday, when Spurs host Chelsea at Hotspur Way. Due to the North London Derby I will be unable to report on the game which doesn’t seem to be being shown on Chelsea TV. We are all aware of the talent that Chelsea’s youth team boast, though they sit beneath us in the league table (due to goal difference). Adrian Viveash’s side have some quality players which include Kylian Hazard, Ethan Ampadu and Reece James. Burnett’s side will be looking to bounce back from our feisty defeat to Villarreal B on Thursday, returning to league action with a full squad of players. Against a blues side who haven’t won on the road this campaign, it promises to be a fascinating game, the last time these sides met it ended in a highly competitive 2-2 draw. COYS

My predicted lineup: Austin, Eyoma, Tanganga, C.Maghoma, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos, Edwards, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Harrison.

Doubtful: Tsaroulla, Dinzeyi, Brown.

Subs from: O’Reilly, Lyons-Foster, Tracey, Loft, Sterling.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: The blues skilful Belgian forward Charly Musonda (21).