Spurs Under 23’s 1-6 Manchester City: (match report)

In Spurs’ Under 23’s final competitive game of the 2020/21 season, Wayne Burnett’s side came up against the champions Manchester City, for the second time in a week. However, unfortunately Spurs lost 6-1, which was a real shame as Spurs have had a very good season at this level and finish in third place in Division One of the Premier League 2. Wayne Burnett’s side started with Thimothee Lo-Tutala in goal (his competitive Under 23 debut), whilst a back four consisting of Marcel Lavinier, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Tobi Omole and Dennis Cirkin, started in defence. Nile John and captain Jamie Bowden were in central midfield, whilst Elliot Thorpe and Dilan Markanday started out wide, either side of CAM Alfie Devine (Devine did often play out on the left flank). Dane Scarlett started up front for Spurs, in the absence of Kion Etete and Rodel Richards. Spurs got the game underway on a nice evening at Hotspur Way, and defender Brooklyn Lyons-Foster did well to intercept Cole Palmer’s early and promising forward pass towards Liam Delap. Not long afterwards and at the other end of the pitch, Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford’s attempted pass to Tommy Doyle was intercepted by Jamie Bowden inside the visitors box. However, Bowden’s low side-footed effort was saved by the foot of James Trafford, in what was a glorious early chance for Spurs. Marcel Lavinier did well to block Ben Knight’s effort, before Tobi Omole gave the ball to Ben Knight on the edge of the Spurs box, but his goal attempt went wide. After receiving the ball out on the right flank, Marcel Lavinier went forward with it at some pace, he evaded the challenge of Romeo Lavia well, before passing the ball to Devine. The Warrington born midfielder cleverly worked his way into the Manchester City box before curling his effort wide of the Spurs goal.

After Bowden gave the ball away to Cole Palmer, the Manchester City winger passed the ball to Tommy Doyle on the edge of the Spurs box, but Omole did well to block his effort. Lavinier then blocked Liam Delap’s effort on goal, before Thimothee Lo-Tutala saved Cole Palmer’s attempt. At the other end of the pitch Alfie Devine had an effort deflected behind for a corner kick, and from that corner kick which was taken by Dilan Markanday, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster nodded the ball over the bar. After Liam Delap latched onto Cole Palmer’s pass, the skilful centre-forward ran into the Spurs penalty area, before calmly slotting the ball past Lo-Tutala to make it 1-0 to Manchester City. A matter of minutes later Liam Delap received the ball into his feet before running down the left side of the Spurs box and holding off Lyons-Foster, before curling the ball into the far corner of Lo-Tutala’s goal, 0-2. And Manchester City’s excellent start to the game got even better in the 28th minute, after Cole Palmer received the ball on the edge of the Spurs box before calmly curling the ball in off the right hand post of the goal and into the net, 0-3. Manchester City continued to play their exciting brand of attacking football, and a good block from Lyons-Foster was needed to stop James McAtee’s effort on goal, before Tobi Omole did really well to make a fine challenge on Cole Palmer in the Spurs box, to prevent a certain goal for the away team. Dane Scarlett ambitiously attempted to catch out Trafford from distance, but his effort went wide of the Manchester City goal.

A misplaced pass went straight to Elliot Thorpe inside the Manchester City box, but his effort was saved well by the feet of James Trafford. After receiving Lyons-Foster’s fine long pass out on the right flank, Dilan Markanday came inside and into the visitors box, before hitting the ball across the face of their goal, and then after the play was recycled Elliot Thorpe hit an effort wide of the goal. Tobi Omole received a yellow card from the referee for a foul on James McAtee, in what was the last piece of action from the first half. Manchester City got the game restarted after the break and it was the perfect start to the second half for them. After Cole Palmer  finished well past Lo-Tutala from close range, after latching onto Tobi Omole’s pass out from defence, 0-4. A couple of moments later Lo-Tutala saved well low down, to prevent Ben Knight’s effort on goal, before Markanday did well to come forward with the ball. He then played a good pass into Alfie Devine down the left side of the Manchester City box, but James Trafford turned behind his effort, before Omole headed over Markanday’s resulting corner kick. Tobi Omole then did well to clear Ben Knight’s cross, before Liam Delap headed over another cross from the same player a couple of moments later. Lyons-Foster cleared away the ball from James McAtee’s cross, but Spurs could do nothing to prevent Manchester City’s fifth goal of the game shortly afterwards. After the visitors broke forward at pace through Cole Palmer, the winger then threaded the ball into the feet of Delap, who then continued into the Spurs box before firing the ball past Lo-Tutala and into the back of the net, despite the Spurs goalkeeper managing to get a hand on the ball, 0-5.

Second year scholar Romaine Mundle came on to replace Elliot Thorpe out on the right flank, in what was Spurs’ first change of the game. After receiving Dilan Markanday’s well weighted through-ball pass, Dane Scarlett continued into the Manchester City box before confidently sending the ball past James Trafford and into the back of the Manchester City goal, 1-5. After receiving teammate Cole Palmer’s pass down the right side of the Spurs box, Liam Delap’s fierce strike went just wide of the Spurs goal. Nile John blocked Cole Palmer’s shot, before Tommy Doyle fired an effort over Lo-Tutala’s goal, after Tobi Omole had blocked Cole Palmer’s effort behind for a corner kick. J’Neil Bennett came on to replace Dane Scarlett up front, for Wayne Burnett’s second change of the game. The very talented Cole Palmer hit an effort wide before Dilan Markanday whipped over a free-kick in a decent position, at the other end of the pitch. J’Neil Bennett did well to block Cole Palmer’s shot inside the Spurs box, before Cirkin had an effort on goal blocked at the opposite end of the pitch. Rafferty Pedder came on to replace Jamie Bowden in midfield late on in the game, before Ben Knight hit the ball over from the left side of the Spurs penalty area. After travelling forward towards the Spurs box, Manchester City player Romeo Lavia managed to find the bottom left hand corner of Lo-Tutala’s goal with a fine effort, after receiving Ben Knight’s pass, 1-6. After playing a good one-two with Markanday on the edge of the Manchester City box, Rafferty Pedder forced a save out of James Trafford. 

After receiving the ball J’Neil Bennett hit the ball over James Trafford’s goal, before Lo-Tutala saved Tommy Doyle’s effort at the other end of the pitch, before the referee blew his whistle for full-time. It would be very easy to say that Spurs weren’t good, or focus on what they could have done to stop Manchester City scoring six goals, but sometimes you’ve just got to appreciate the brilliance of the opposition, and Manchester City were brilliant throughout yesterday’s game. It’s been a really good season for Spurs at Under 23 level, and that is a credit to the players and the coaches, who should all be very proud of helping the team to achieve their highest ever finish in the Premier League 2.

Player reviews: 

  • Thimothee Lo-Tutala: On his competitive Spurs Under 23 debut, goalkeeper Thimothee Lo-Tutala made a decent number of saves to stop Manchester City from scoring more goals than they did. He was visibly frustrated that he unfortunately couldn’t keep out Romeo Lavia’s late goal, but any young goalkeeper would have found it difficult against Manchester City in Friday evenings game.
  • Marcel Lavinier: I was impressed with some of the forward runs that Lavinier made from deep, and also some of his blocks inside the Spurs box. Yesterday’s  competitive appearance was number 22 of the seasons for Lavinier, the most of any Spurs Under 23 player during the 2020/21 season.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Despite the fact that Spurs defence conceded six goals to Manchester City, I don’t think that the scoreline tells the story of how Lyons-Foster played at RCB. The defender who once again supported the attack well after making runs from deep, did make some good and important defensive contributions. The versatile 20 year old also kept some good defensive positioning, and his distribution out from defence was good, in my opinion.
  • Tobi Omole: Obviously Tobi Omole would have been disappointed to have unfortunately given the ball to Cole Palmer, who as a result scored his second  goal of the game. However, apart from that and some of his other passing out from defence, Omole impressed by making some really good defensive interventions during the game. And the 21 year old former Arsenal player has been consistently very good throughout the 2020/21 season, ever since he joined the club last autumn. 
  • Dennis Cirkin: Going forward I thought that the left-back made some powerful and purposeful runs from deep, showing good skill on the ball.
  • Nile John: Playing as the deepest of the two central midfielders, second year scholar Nile John showed some fine skill on the ball in the middle of the pitch.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Republic of Ireland youth international played the game as a number eight, and the Spurs captain got forward more than he would on other occasions this season, during his 77 minutes on the pitch. It has been really good to see him get a really good run of games this season, after missing some time with injury.
  • Elliot Thorpe: Showing some good skill on the ball out on the right flank and going on some good forward runs, Thorpe also worked well and moved well off the ball, despite playing out of position. He came very close to scoring a goal during the first half, only to be denied by a fine save from James Trafford.
  • Alfie Devine: Despite wearing the number ten shirt, Alfie Devine’s starting position was often out on the left flank, where I thought that he had a solid game. And during the first half he caused some problems for the Manchester City defence. He also worked tirelessly off the ball.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dane Scarlett: The scorer of our only goal of the match, centre-forward Dane Scarlett worked really hard off the ball, and he showed good composure to score from his only really chance of the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: The second half substitute replaced Elliot Thorpe out on the the right flank for the final 62 minutes of the game.
  • J’Neil Bennett: Showing some good skill on the ball after replacing Dane Scarlett up front during some of the second half, J’Neil Bennett looked good going forward during part of his time on the pitch.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The energetic late substitute played a clever one-two with Dilan Markanday, before forcing a save out of James Trafford.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday was superb against Manchester City on Friday, in my opinion. Although his starting number was 11, the 19 year old often started from a central position, and the player who threaded a nice forward pass into Dane Scarlett, to set the centre- forward up for his goal (fourth assist of the season), was really creative for Spurs throughout yesterday’s match. Drifting into good advanced positions and also going on some really clever and skilful forward runs, I thought that Markanday created more chances than any other Spurs player on the pitch. And the consistent and hardworking player also was good from set-pieces throughout the game, and also very difficult to get the ball off.

Spurs: Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Cirkin, John, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Thorpe (Mundle 58), Bowden (c) (Pedder 77), Scarlett (Bennett 65), Devine, Markanday. Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Paskotsi.

Manchester City: Trafford, Gomes, Sandler, Burns, Bernarbe (Robinson 65), Lavia, Palmer, Doyle (c), Delap, McAtee (Smith 86), Knight (Breckin 86). Substitute (not used): Slicker.

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

After a long season which started back in September of last year, Spurs’ under 23 side will end their Premier League 2 season with a home game against champions Manchester City, at Hotspur Way on Friday (the game starts at 17:00pm). Still looking to finish as runners up to Manchester City in the league, Wayne Burnett’s side will finish in their highest ever position in the Premier League 2 regardless of what the result is tomorrow evening. Of course Spurs met Manchester City up in Manchester in their last game, last weekend. And Spurs played well in that game, even though they lost 4-1. Manchester City’s forwards were excellent last Friday, and top scorer Liam Delap (he has scored 21 league goals this season) had a very good game and his off the ball movement, as well as his skill on the ball impressed me throughout the game. Midfielder Tommy Doyle and also forwards Cole Palmer and James McAtee had very good games as well. Manchester City love to have the ball and they will look to frustrate the Spurs players with their passing game, but particularly during the second half of the reverse fixture, Spurs took the game to Manchester City more. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster scored a good goal from a set-piece, while Spurs also had a goal disallowed with the score at 3-1 to Manchester City last week. Stopping Manchester City from controlling the game will be the key to Spurs getting a result tomorrow, but on their day Spurs can beat any team at this level. This has been an excellent season for Spurs and whatever the result is tomorrow, the team can be proud of what they have achieved this season. I would like to wish them all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Cirkin, Thorpe, Bowden (c), Bennett, Pedder, Markanday, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Paskotsi, Devine, Richards, Scarlett.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Josh Oluwayemi.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: 3-3.

My one to watch: Manchester City centre-forward Liam Delap (18), who has scored 21 goals from 19 Premier League 2 appearances this season. Delap is an excellent young centre-forward.

Spurs under 23’s 1-4 Manchester City: (match report)

In their penultimate Premier League 2 game of the season, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side travelled to Manchester City’s Academy stadium on Friday, to face the Premier League Division One champions. Spurs were beaten 4-1 by the champions, but despite the scoreline I thought that Spurs played well, particularly during the second half and against such a good team. Defender Tobi Omole had a goal disallowed when the score was 3-1, and if that had been allowed then Spurs could have got something out of the game. Spurs lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation as Kacper Kurylowicz started in goal for the first time in a competitive game at this level. A back four consisting of Marcel Lavinier, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Tobi Omole and Dennis Cirkin started in front of him. Elliot Thorpe and captain Jamie Bowden started in central midfield, while J’Neil Bennett and Alfie Devine started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Dilan Markanday. Rodel Richards started up front for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway and an important early interception from Tobi Omole stopped James McAtee’s through-ball from reaching Liam Delap, who would have been through on goal. A Dilan Markanday free-kick from the left flank into the Manchester City box was challenged by Rodel Richards and Philippe Sandler, and the Man City defender managed to head the ball behind for a corner kick. Dennis Cirkin tried his luck from range but his effort went wide, after eventually receiving the ball from Alfie Devine’s corner kick. After Jamie Bowden conceded a free kick, Tommy Doyle stepped up to take it for the home side. The talented midfielders powerful curling effort from long range beat Kurylowicz at his near post, and nestled into his goal, 0-1.

Kurylowicz gathered Ben Knight’s cross from the right, before at the other end of the pitch Alfie Devine received J’Neil Bennett’s pass down the right flank, before pulling the ball back for Markanday inside the oppositions box. However, Markanday’s effort was deflected off of Finley Burns and over for a corner kick. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had a low effort from distance go wide, before Elliot Thorpe had an effort blocked from range. After Liam Delap had received James McAtee’s pass inside the Spurs box he tried his luck on goal, but his powerful effort was well blocked by Lyons-Foster. Marcel Lavinier then blocked Cole Palmer’s effort as Manchester City continued to see a lot of the ball. After Claudio Gomes passed the ball to Cole Palmer down the right side of the Spurs box, Palmer attempted to score but Kurlyowicz saved well at his near post. Kurylowicz then saved Cole Palmer’s effort from the edge of the Spurs box. At the other end of the pitch Markanday saw his free-kick from the right flank gathered by James Trafford. After James McAtee had passed the ball to Ben Knight down the left side of the Spurs box, Knight powerfully hit the ball past Kurylowicz and into the top right corner of his goal to finish off a great move, 0-2. James Trafford punched clear a free-kick from Markanday before Kurylowicz did well to come out of his goal and get to the ball before Liam Delap could get to it inside the Spurs box, in what was the final piece of action from the first half. The champions got the game back underway for the second half and there was a change, as Kion Etete came on to replace Rodel Richards up front. After Liam Delap received James McAtee’s pass he skilfully worked his way into the Spurs box before getting past Omole and forcing a save out of Kurylowicz low down.

Philippe Sandler curled just wide of the goal from inside the Spurs box, before Etete managed to win the ball off of Claudio Gomes on the edge of the Spurs box, he gave the ball to Markanday, who then gave the ball to Bennett on the edge of the box, but his effort was pushed away by James Trafford. After receiving the ball Elliot Thorpe went on a good surging run through the middle before attempting to beat James Trafford from the edge of the Manchester City box, but his low effort went narrowly wide of the goal. Omole blocked Cole Palmer’s shot from inside the Spurs box, before Jamie Bowden received a yellow card. After coming inside from the right flank James McAtee saw his effort on goal go just wide. And shortly afterwards a great move from the home side resulted in Cole Palmer passing the ball to James McAtee on the left, and he then passed it to Claudio Gomes down the left side of the Spurs box and he then squared the ball for Liam Delap to tap home, 0-3. However, Spurs responded well, and Lyons-Forced a good reaction save from a header from Trafford, after meeting Markanday’s corner kick. James Trafford then managed to turn behind Tobi Omole’s header. Spurs managed to pull a goal back from the following corner kick, as Lyons-Foster once again met Markanday’s ball into the box, and his glancing header was headed in off the bar by a Manchester City player, 1-3. James Trafford saved Dilan Markanday’s shot on goal, before Etete forced a save from the goalkeeper, from a header, after meeting J’Neil Bennett’s cross.

The alert Elliot Thorpe did well to intercept Liam Delap’s pass inside the Spurs penalty area, before Jamie Bowden blocked the same players shot inside the box moments later. Cole Palmer came very close to scoring with an effort from distance, before Rafferty Pedder came on to replace Elliot Thorpe in midfield. After getting on the ball just outside of the Manchester City box, Kion Etete gave the ball to J’Neil Bennett, whose effort was turned behind by Trafford. Spurs then had a goal disallowed after Etete was adjudged by the referee to have fouled James Trafford, just before Tobi Omole scored. After going on a good forward run Bowden saw his effort on goal go over the bar, before he received J’Neil Bennett’s pass inside the Manchester City box not long afterwards. Bowden chipped the ball forward for Dilan Markanday, who skilfully worked his way past James Trafford, but then lost his balance and shot wide of the goal. After meeting Jamie Bowden’s corner kick, Dennis Cirkin had a header blocked, before Manchester City scored their fourth goal of the game. James McAtee latched onto Cole Palmer’s pass before running into the Spurs box and calmly curling the ball past Kacper Kurylowicz and into the left corner of the goal, 1-4. That was to be the last action of the game.

Player reviews:

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: Making his first ever competitive start at this level, goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz had a good game, I thought. Tommy Doyle’s opening free-kick goal was an excellent one, and I don’t think that you could criticise him for not keeping that out. In addition the 19 year old made some good saves, including a fine one at his near post. He distribution was also good throughout the game.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back liked to get forward, but he also did well in defence. And the former Chelsea player came inside quite often to help out the two Spurs central defenders.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: After making an impressive early block, Lyons-Foster impressed with his positioning in defence. He brought the ball out well from the back along with Tobi Omole, and he liked to step forward out of the defence and join his teammates when they went forward on occasions. The 20 year old defender also scored a good headed goal, his second goal of the season.
  • Tobi Omole: Starting the game at LCB, defender Tobi Omole like Lyons-Foster did all that he could possibly do to try and stop the talented Manchester City forwards from scoring. Omole has had a very good season for Spurs.
  • Dennis Cirkin: I thought that this was a solid defensive performance front the 19 year old left-back, and he also went on some good forward runs down the left.
  • Elliot Thorpe: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain showed good skill on the ball and tried to influence the game with his impressive passing. Bowden was involved in some nice pieces of play going forward for Spurs, and the 19 year old went one particularly impressive forward run during the second half, as well as creating a good opportunity for Dilan Markanday to score from.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The winger tried on a good number of occasions to test Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford. And J’Neil Bennett tried to take on the opposing teams defenders when he had the ball out on the right flank.
  • Dilan Markanday: Often drifting out to the left flank, Dilan Markanday impressed with his set-pieces (he assisted Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s goal). Markanday also made some clever runs off the ball, and he worked very hard off it as well.
  • Alfie Devine: Although he was wearing the number 11 shirt, midfielder Alfie Devine had more of a free role, and he would often come into more central positions to try and influence the game.
  • Rodel Richards: The forward pressed the Manchester City goalkeeper and defence really well during his time on the pitch, but he didn’t have great service into his feet, and was therefore unable to make much of an impact on the game during the first half.
  • Kion Etete: The second half substitute allowed Spurs to whip more crosses into the Spurs box, because of Kion’s height. He asked questions of the Manchester City defenders.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The late substitute brought plenty of energy to the game from midfield, and he was always looking to receive the ball in good areas of the pitch.

My man of the match: Elliot Thorpe. A lot of Spurs players played well on Friday evening, and I could have given this man of the match award to many players. But playing as the deepest midfielder, Elliot Thorpe made a good impression on the game from that position, as he came forward from deep to try and create, and was in my opinion our most influential player going forward. The 20 year old looked to go on surging forward runs from deep when receiving the ball into his feet, and he tried to take players on and look to create chances. His work rate off the ball was also impressive, along with his powerful forward running. The Wales youth international also came very close to scoring with a low effort from distance.

Manchester City: Trafford, Gomes, Sandler, Burns, Egan-Riley, Lavia (Robertson 74), Palmer, Doyle (c), Delap, McAtee, Knight (F Nmecha 67). Substitutes (not used): Slicker, Robinson, Gbadebo.

Spurs: Kurylowicz, Lavinier, Cirkin, Thorpe (Pedder 82), Lyons-Foster, Omole, Bennett, Bowden (c), Richards (Etete 46), Markanday, Devine. Substitutes (not used): Maguire, Paskotsi.

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

On Friday evening Spurs’ under 23 side play Premier League 2 Division One champions Manchester City at their Academy Stadium in Manchester (the game starts at 19:00pm). It’s first versus second in the league, as league winners Manchester City, who are 12 points above Spurs, will be looking to extend their remarkable unbeaten run in the league, which started all the way back in early November of last year. It has also been a great season for Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side, and they will want to stay in second place in the league during the last two matches of the season (both of which are against Manchester City). Having scored an incredible 69 goals from their 22 league games this season, Manchester City’s talent going forward and also in midfield and defence, is very, very good. Clinical top scorer Liam Delap, has 20 goals from 18 appearances this season, while Cole Palmer has 11 goals and Felix Nmecha has scored 10. Manchester City play really good football, and going forward they will be difficult to defend against. Spurs impressively recorded a 4-1 victory over Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Friday, and that win will give them confidence going into this Fridays game, regardless of how difficult it will be to get a result. George Marsh’s three suspension has come to an end and he will be available to face Manchester City tomorrow, but regular goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi could miss out, as he came off with an injury in last Fridays game against Liverpool. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for what should be a very good game, involving two very good sides.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Devine, Bennett, Thorpe, Markanday, Richards.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Marsh, John, Pedder, Mundle.

Injured/unavailable: Dane Scarlett, Malachi Fagan-Walcott.

Doubtful: Josh Oluwayemi.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Centre-forward Liam Delap (18), who has scored 20 goals from 18 Premier League 2 appearances this season.

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

After losing 4-1 to Chelsea last Sunday, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side take on Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday (the game starts at 12pm), in the PL2. It it is the first time this season that Spurs’ under 23 side are playing a match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will be a great experience for the players, although the match is being played behind closed doors. Spurs are currently in fourth place in the league with three games to go, four points above of fifth place Liverpool, a team who we beat 4-3 in the reverse fixture last year. Liverpool’s good away form this season means that it will be a tough match for Spurs, as is always the case in this competitive league. Centre-forward Dane Scarlett will likely not feature tomorrow because of injury, while midfielder George Marsh is still suspended, as far as I’m aware. Some of the Spurs players in this squad still haven’t got to play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, so for those players as well as the whole squad, it will be a great experience. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for today’s game, which is unfortunately not being shown anywhere.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Cirkin, John, Bowden (c), Bennett, Devine, Richards, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Skinner, Pedder, Santiago, Thorpe.

Injured/unavailable: Dane Scarlett, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, George Marsh.

Doubtful: Thimothee Lo-Tutala.

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Liverpool midfielder Jake Cain (19), who has scored six goals from 17 league appearances this season.

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

Still in with a good chance of finishing as runners up in the PL2 Division One, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side enter Sunday’s (the game at Hotspur Way starts at 13:00pm and is being shown live on Chelsea’s 5th Stand App and official website) London derby with Chelsea in very good form. Last Monday Spurs beat Leicester City 3-1, while Chelsea beat Southampton by the same score line. Chelsea are a very good team, and in the lively reverse fixture between Spurs and Chelsea earlier in the season, Chelsea came back from two goals down to win 3-2. Adventurous full-back/winger Valentino Livramento has great pace and skill, and he is a player who will go on many forward runs down Spurs’ left flank, if he does play tomorrow. The west London club who sit in fourth place in the league (two points behind us), are a very technical side and their passing game is very good. Midfielder Lewis Bate has great vision for a pass from midfield, while the skill of Marcel Lewis from out wide could cause Spurs problems, as could tall and physical centre-forward George Nunn. However, Spurs will go into this game in great confidence having enjoyed a great season so far, and they will also be looking to make up for giving away a two goal lead in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Spurs will be without first year Academy player and centre-forward Dane Scarlett, after he picked up an injury in the Spurs under 18’s FA Youth Cup game with West Brom earlier in the week, while I believe that George Marsh will miss out again through suspension. I’m really looking forward to watching tomorrow’s game as it promises to be a really interesting one. And I would like to wish the Spurs lads all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Cirkin, Thorpe, Bowden (c), Bennett, Devine, Markanday, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Skinner, John, Pedder, Richards.

Injured/unavailable: George Marsh (suspended), Malachi Fagan-Walcott (injured), Dane Scarlett (injured).

Doubtful: Thimothee Lo-Tutala (injured).

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Valentino Livramento (18) played well in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, and he was also excellent against Spurs’ under 18 side during the previous season. An intelligent player with great pace, Livramento loves to take players on and go on good forward runs from deep, as a right-back.

Spurs under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Spurs’ under 23 side return to Premier League 2 action tomorrow night (the game starts at 19:00pm) when they play Leicester City at their new and extremely impressive training ground in Seagrave. Leicester City have picked up 17 points from 19 league games this season, and they currently sit in 11th place in the league table, only just avoiding the relegation zone because of goal difference. Tomorrow’s opponents haven’t been on a great run of form of late, and their last league win came back in January. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side are currently in third place in the league, just four points behind second place Blackburn Rovers. However, in the reverse fixture with Leicester last year Spurs lost 5-1 at Hotspur Way, but Spurs’ form since the start of the year has been really good. Spurs will be without George Marsh for tomorrow’s game as he is suspended after being shown a red card in their last game, while I would be surprised if Dane Scarlett and Alfie Devine play tomorrow, as Spurs’ under 18’s have an FA Youth Cup game against West Brom on Tuesday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Markanday, Lavinier, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Pedder, Bennett, Thorpe, Mukendi, Etete.

Subs from: Maguire, Skinner, Davies, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: George Marsh (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-5.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Irishman Shane Flynn is able to play as a left-winger and as a left-back, and the 19 year old is really good at getting up and down the flank. Flynn is also a skilful player with good pace, and he has already been on the bench for the Leicester City first team this season.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Rochdale A.F.C.

Troy Parrott returned to the Ipswich Town starting eleven on Saturday afternoon for their League One game against Rochdale, at the Crown Oil Arena. Parrott completed 72 minutes of Ipswich’s 0-0 draw with Rochdale, and the Republic of Ireland international played just behind Ipswich striker Kayden Jackson, for Paul Cook’s side. Parrott’s first real involvement of the game arrived fairly early on in the match, after the Dubliner met Teddy Bishop’s cross from the right flank, inside the Rochdale penalty area. With Rochdale defenders close to Parrott, he knew that he would be unlikely to test the goalkeeper, so instead he nodded the ball back to Alan Judge on the edge of the box, but his goal attempt went well over the goal. Another ball into the Rochdale penalty area, this time by Gwion Edwards, ended up missing every Ipswich player and went behind for a Rochdale goal kick. However, Parrott was in a decent amount of space inside the penalty area and in a good area, and so he looked at Edwards and signalled to him that he had wanted the ball into his feet, after the Ipswich player had crossed the ball. Ipswich were seeing more of the ball during the opening stages of the first half, but neither side were able to create any chances of real note. As always Troy was showing a real desire to press the opposing teams players and also track back, but it would have been frustrating for him to have had very little of the ball in the final third. After doing well to win the ball some thirty yards out from goal Troy Parrott brought the ball forward a bit before passing the ball to Kayden Jackson, who tried to give it back to the advancing Spurs player. However, the pass from Jackson had a bit too much on it, and while the move showed good intent a Rochdale defender ended up intercepting the ball inside the Rochdale box, before Troy could get on the end of it.

In what was a very even game of very few chances during Troy Parrott’s time on the pitch, the game itself lacked that bit of magic from either side. During the second half (during Troy’s time on the pitch) the Ipswich forwards were probably less involved in the final third than in the first half. The one real attacking involvement for Parrott came not long before he was substituted in the 72nd minute of the match. After receiving Kayden Jackson’s pass near to the Rochdale penalty area, Parrott’s first touch saw the ball get away from him a bit, and while he didn’t give up and he did try to run in between two Rochdale defenders, Parrott couldn’t really get anything on the ball and in the end he went to ground, but a penalty was not awarded by the referee, despite Troy asking the question. This would have been a very frustrating game for Ipswich as they try and get into the play offs, but also for Parrott who didn’t really receive the ball in good areas of the pitch, and was therefore unable to impact the game in the way that he would have liked to.

Some notes on Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey’s performances against Morecambe:

Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey were both involved in Cambridge United’s 2-1 League Two victory over Morecambe on Saturday afternoon. Okedina completed the whole of the match, while Shilow Tracey was introduced to the game in the 75th minute and he won the penalty which Cambridge scored, to get that crucial second goal of the game. Jubril Okedina started the game on the right hand side of a back four, in central defence, and the 20 year old who has made great strides in his development this season put in another solid defensive performance. After a high tempo start to the game Cambridge United took the lead in the 18th minute of the match, and they were the better team during the first half. Okedina’s first real involvement in the game from a defensive point of view was to get in front of Morecambe’s Carlos Mendes Gomes on the edge of the Cambridge United box, to get on the ball in front of Mendes Gomes. However, the Cambridge United defence weren’t really tested too much during the first half. At the beginning of the second half Jubril Okedina sprinted to get in front of Morecambe’s Cole Stockton on the edge of the Cambridge United box, before winning the ball and passing back to the goalkeeper (Callum Burton) who then cleared it up field. During the 55th minute of the game Morecambe had a man sent off, but they would still test the Cambridge defence further during the remainder of the half. Shilow Tracey was introduced to the game in the 75th minute. Not long afterwards Okedina, who had kept good positioning throughout the match would clear behind Liam McAlinden’s cross from the left flank into the Cambridge penalty area.

Jubril Okedina then cleared away John O’Sullivan’s cross, and then a couple of moments later Shilow Tracey was involved in the game for the first time. The Spurs winger received Wes Hoolahan’s pass on the left flank, before surging forward into the Morecambe penalty area, where he was brought down by a Morecambe defender. A penalty was awarded by the referee and Paul Mullin scored it, although Morecambe did get a goal back in the 88th minute of the game. During the final stages of the match Shilow Tracey managed to get on the ball in the middle of the pitch, and he then traveled forward with the ball at great pace towards the corner flag on the left flank, before passing the ball to a teammate who held the ball up, as Cambridge United held on to win the game. Jubril Okedina had another good game in central defence, where he read the game well and was always composed in his play, while Shilow Tracey once again made a positive impact on the game after being introduced in the second half.

Some notes on Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey’s performances against Carlisle United: 

On Saturday afternoon Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey were in action for Cambridge United in their League Two game against Carlisle United, at Carlisle’s Brunton Park ground. Cambridge won the game 2-1 and defender Jubril Okedina impressed as he completed the whole of the match at centre-half and put in another solid defensive performance, while Shilow Tracey came on in the 63rd minute of the game, and he was lively and direct during his time on the pitch. 20 year old Jubril Okedina who was starting his second consecutive game for Cambridge United started the game as a right sided centre-half, as Cambridge played with a back four. A good early challenge from Okedina on the edge of the Cambridge penalty area prevented Carlisle forward Offrande Zanzala (Okedina defended really well against Zanzala throughout the match) from entering the Cambridge box, following a good forward run from him. Zanzala’s side had started the game well but the 23 year old was being defended against well by Okedina, who a couple of minutes after making his first challenge on him he made another one to stop Zanzala from turning with his back to goal on the edge of the Cambridge box. Jubril cleared away a cross from Jonathan Mellish, and as he continued to look good in his defending the Spurs defender did well to step out of defence and intercept a fairly promising forward pass from a Carlisle player, before passing the ball to a teammate to get Cambridge moving again (the away side took the lead in first half additional time). Having grown in to the game Cambridge started the second half with a deserved lead, and Okedina’s first real involvement of the second half was to once again step out of defence to cut out Joe Riley’s forward pass from deep.

22 year old winger Shilow Tracey came on in the 63rd minute of the match and he went straight out to the right flank. Tracey’s first real involvement in the game came not long after he had entered the pitch, after the former Ebbsfleet United player had picked the ball up on the right flank before surging forward with the ball at great pace (no Carlisle players were able to keep up with him) all the way to the byline, but his resulting cross into the Carlisle box was unable to find a teammate. At the other end of the pitch Okedina did tremendously well to block off Carlisle substitute Gime Toure in a dangerous area inside the Cambridge penalty area, to thwart what could have been a very chance for Toure. Lewis Alessandra equalised for Carlisle from a corner kick in the 78th minute of the game, before Gime Toure managed to get past Jubril Okedina before entering the Cambridge box and powerfully putting the ball across the face of the goal, with Carlisle’s Omari Patrick not far away at all from making contact with the ball from just outside the goal. In the final minutes of the game Shilow Tracey (he had now switched flanks) did really well to keep the ball in play out on the left flank after advancing forward down that side of the pitch. He then passed the ball to Wes Hoolahan who cut the ball back for Alfie May to convert from inside the Carlisle box. This was another very impressive performance from Jubril Okedina in defence, while substitute Shilow Tracey made a good impression on the game during the second half as he was very direct in his play.