U21s Eager To Earn Their Spurs

By SFC Media Fri 09 Nov Club

Saints' First Team does not travel to White Hart Lane until the penultimate away game of the Barclays Premier League season, but our fans can make an early visit to N17 on Monday.

Our Under-21 side visit Tottenham next week, with our hosts admitting fans to their stadium for the 7pm kick-off. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £1 for juniors/senior citizens, and can be purchased in advance via Spurs' Ticket Office on 0844 844 0102.

The opening stage of this year's Barclays U21 Premier League is beginning to hot up, with Saints' 1-0 win over Sunderland helping them back into contention for a place in the Elite Group Stage.

At the start of the season, the 22 teams participating in the competition were divided into three National Groups, with Southampton placed in the second of those.

The top three teams in Groups 1 and 2 and the top two sides from Group 3 will qualify for the Elite Group Stage, with the remaining clubs placed into one of two Qualification Groups depending on their National Group finishing position.

The overall champion of the Barclays U21 Premier League will be determined by a four-team knock-out competition at the end of the season consisting of the three sides who lead the Elite Group Stage and the winner of a play-off between the Qualification Group table-toppers.

Saints currently sit fourth in National Group 2 behind leaders Spurs, second-placed Newcastle and Manchester United in third.

However, with just two points separating Martin Hunter's Development Squad from Monday's table-topping hosts, there is all to play for with four games left in the National Group Stage.

With Newcastle hosting Man Utd on Monday evening, a win at White Hart Lane is guaranteed to lift Saints into at least second spot.

U21 Coach Hunter is permitted to name three overage outfield players in his squad, as well as an overage goalkeeper if required.

The Under-21s have previously selected the likes of Tadanari Lee, Dan Seaborne and Artur Boruc earlier in the season, while Danny Butterfield and Jack Cork played at Sunderland earlier this week.

First Team Manager Nigel Adkins revealed this week that Frazer Richardson will make his return from a month-long injury lay-off at White Hart Lane.

One player likely to feature is winger Lloyd Isgrove, who impressed on his debut for Saints' First Team as a substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat at Leeds last month.

"I'm really looking forward to Monday's game," Isgrove told Saints Player this week. "With four games left, hopefully we can win at least three of those.

"Getting into the top-three would send us into the Elite Group, so we're really looking to do that."

If you can't make Monday's game, there will be live text coverage via our official Twitter feed plus post-match highlights and reaction on Saints Player

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