Spurs under 23’s v Manchester United: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s v Manchester United: (match preview)


Venue: Hotspur Way
Date: Friday 28th October 12:00pm
Live: MUTV

This afternoon Spurs under 23’s face Manchester United’s development squad at Hotspur way in the PL2, Ugo Ehiogu’s side have struggled for form this season with numerous players having been missing through injury. Today’s encounter with the Red Devil’s will be a fascinating match, it will be intriguing to see how our development squad fare against Warren Joyce’s talented pool of players. With a whole load of talented prospects on their books such as Axel Tuanzebe and Regan Poole, today’s match will be yet another very tough test for the Lillywhites who have yet to find their rhythm this season, a big negative for Spurs is that the talented Marcus Edwards is out injured. However, I still feel that Spurs have the players to get a result against Man United at Hotspur Way.

My predicted lineup: Glover, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Maghoma, Muscatt, Amos,Pritchard, Tracey, Goddard, Georgiou, Harrison.

One to watch: Manchester United’s talented young centre back Axel Tuanzebe.


Spurs 1-2 Liverpool: (match report)

Spurs 1-2 Liverpool: (match report)


Spurs were knocked out of the EFL cup on Tuesday night by Liverpool at Anfield as the reds defeated our young side 2-1. It was an entertaining cup tie as Mauricio Pochettino’s second string squad battled hard against a tough Liverpool side. The home side started the game well as they went forward at every opportunity, Jurgen Klopp’s side took a somewhat fortuitous lead in the ninth minute, after Nkoudou slipped just outside the box Marko Grujic capitalised and hit a deflected effort at goal which fell into the path of Sturbridge who prodded the ball into the back of the net despite Vorm’s best efforts, it seemed as if Vorm also slipped whilst attempting to deny Sturridge. Liverpool continued to attack and shortly afterwards Sturridge almost doubled the reds lead, after being found free in the box the England international hit a weak effort which went straight into the hands of Michel Vorm. After struggling in the opening 20 minutes Spurs went close to equalising at the other end after Janssen narrowly headed over after meeting Trippier’s cross at the back post.


Liverpool didn’t alter their style of play in the second half and just over ten minutes in Vorm was forced into making an excellent save as he denied Divorck Origi’s powerful effort with a strong hand. Shortly after the hour mark Liverpool doubled their lead with Daniel Sturridge’s second goal of the game, after being played through by Wijnaldum, Sturridge slotted a composed finish past Vorm and into the back of the net. Since Erik Lamela’s introduction Spurs’s attack was bolstered by the Argentines creativity and on 76 minutes Lamela won a penalty after being tripped by Lucas in the penalty area. Up stepped Janssen who converted his penalty with a fine finish to get his second goal for Spurs. Shortly after Liverpool almost put the game out of sight after Sturridge’s curling effort was deflected on to the cross bar. With two minutes remaining Erik Lamela found debutant Shayon Harrison with a wonderful pass however, Harrison couldn’t chest the ball down in time as Mignolet gathered the ball from his feet, the final score Spurs 1-2 Liverpool.

Michel Vorm was excellent in between the sticks, Vorm made a string of top class saves to deny the reds. I thought that goalscorer Vincent Janssen had a terrific game up front apart from despatching his penalty with nerves of steel, Janssen worked incredibly hard throughout the match working tirelessly to get in to goalscoring positions. In addition the Netherlands international showcased great courage and physicality causing the Liverpool defenders bother throughout the match. Erik Lamela made a big impact on the game since coming on in the second half, Lamela’s creativity and class shone throughout, winning Spurs’s penalty Lamela was incredibly effective behind Janssen and his brilliant pass late on almost saw Harrison get a dramatic late equaliser. As much as I understand and respect Pochettino’s decision to rest many players I still thought Pochettino fielded too weak a squad against Klopp’s side. I felt as if we had put just one more regular in the lineup then I believe that we would have progressed to the quarter finals. However, a win against Leicester on Saturday would erase Spurs fans disappointment suffered in midweek.

My man of the match: Michel Vorm, The Dutchman made a string of top class saves to deny the reds from winning with a greater goal margin.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold (Clyne 68), Lucas (c), Klavan, Moreno; Stewart, Grujic (Can 89), Ejaria, Wijnaldum; Origi (Ings 68), Sturridge. Substitutes (not used): Karius, Lovren, Lallana, Mane.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Dier (c) (Wanyama 67), Winks; Onomah, Carroll (Lamela 61), Nkoudou (Harrison 83); Janssen. Substitutes (not used): Lopez, Walkes, Vertonghen, Amos.
Yellow cards: Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold 26, Ings 82, Grujic 84; Spurs – Winks 90+1, Wimmer 90+2.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Attendance: 53,051.

Spurs v Liverpool: (match preview)

Spurs v Liverpool: (match preview)


Venue: Anfield
Date: Tuesday 25th October 19:45pm
Live: Sky Sports 1
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Head2Heads: 1-1, 1-1, 0-0, 3-2 Liverpool, 3-0 Liverpool.

Liverpool were with out a doubt the toughest team that the lads have come up against this season, we faced Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side back in August and the reds attacking style of play and intensity caused us problems throughout the match, we were quite fortunate to end up drawing that game 1-1. Liverpool have been in red hot form this season, Klopp’s men have won eight of their eleven games that they have played in all competitions, and the reds have been playing superb pressing football, quite similar to ours in style. Anfield is a fortress and tonight’s game is going to be an incredibly tough one, regardless of the team Mauricio Pochettino fields I have full faith in his team selection and I know that we can defeat Klopp’s albeit with a youthful side. Klopp may also field a weakened side but Liverpools danger men Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could all start. Liverpools defence is not their fortieth and our attack could cause many problems for the home side tonight. It’s going a fantastic occasion for the fans, with so many traveling up to Liverpool, the atmosphere at the world famous ground is going to be special and hopefully we can progress to the quarter finals of the EFL cup. COYS

Team news: Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld remain unavailable through injury whilst youngster Marcus Edwards has been ruled out for seven weeks through injury. Moussa Sissoko will also miss tonight’s match after the Frenchman was charged by the FA and given a three match ban for his elbow on Bournemouths Harry Arter at the weekend. Meanwhile the following youth players may well have traveled to Liverpool with the main squad, all the players were missing from Spurs under 23’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Monday evening. The players that were absent from Monday evenings PL2 match against Leicester were Kyle Walker-Peters, Alfie Whiteman, Anton Walkes, Shayon Harrison and Luke Amos.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Walker-Peters, Dier, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Onomah, Eriksen, Nkoudou, Son.

My predicted scoreline: 1-1 courtesy of a goal from Son and Spurs to win 2-1 in extra time courtesy of a winner from Eriksen.

One to watch: Liverpools inform winger Philippe Coutinho.


Spurs under 23’s v Leicester: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s v Leicester: (match preview)

Venue: The King Power stadium
Date: Monday 24th October 19:00pm
Live: Check Spurs’s official twitter account for live updates.


Tomorrow evening our development squad face Leicester city under 23’s at the King Power stadium in the PL2. Ugo Ehiogu’s side have struggled so far in the newly formed PL2, picking up just six points from seven games, but tomorrow evenings match presents a great chance to end their bad run and to boost their confidence in the process. The foxes development side have also struggled this season, they currently sit bottom of the table. Our under 21’s side defeated Leicester 3-0 in this fixture last season, and I believe that our under 23’s are the better team and should defeat the foxes tomorrow. I assume Tom Glover will be left out of tomorrow’s squad, the Australian goalkeeper was on international duty with the Socceroos under 19 squad, Australia were eliminated from the Asian u19 championship on Friday, so I doubt Glover will be ready to play tomorrrow. Our senior side play Liverpool on Tuesday night in the EFL cup, so its possible that a couple of younger players will travel up to Merseyside with the main team. I reckon Marcus Edwards and Shayon Harrison would be the most likely to travel. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Walker-Peters and Anton Walkes were included in Pochettino’s squad.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Walker-Peters, Owens, Walkes, Muscatt, Amos, Marsh, Tracey, Goddard, Georgiou, Loft.

One to watch: Leicesters talented striker Admiral Muskwe.



Spurs 0-0 Bournemouth: (match report)

Spurs 0-0 Bournemouth: (match report)


Spurs were unable to Score against Bournemouth on Saturday lunch time as Mauricio Pochettino’s side fought out a goalless draw on the south coast. Eddie Howe’s side were fearless from the offing as they attacked with great intent early on, and the cherries were denied an early lead after Hugo Lloris denied former Spurs man Charlie Daniels with a tremendous save. Daniels was found in the box by Dan Gosling who squared it to the former academy graduate however, the defenders effort was turned excellently on to the top of the crossbar by Lloris. We continued to find our rhythm in the game and on 17 minutes we almost took the lead through Erik Lamela’s curling long range shot which clipped the post before going out of play. We were the much better side in the second half as we dominated play with 67% of possession, but despite creating a couple of half chances early on we struggled to break down a stubborn Bournemouth defence. However, despite our control of the second half the cherries almost grabbed a late winner as they caught us on the break, but star performers Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama denied the hosts with key challenges to ensure Spurs held on to a point. Undoubtedly Mauricio Pochettino will not be chuffed with yesterday’s result, but it is by no means a bad result, we are still the only unbeaten side in the league and we have a string of important games coming up starting with a trip to Liverpool in the EFL cup on Tuesday.


I thought we lacked our usual sharpness a little yesterday, taking in to consideration our trip to Germany in midweek where he fought out a highly competitive draw with Leverkusen. However, I think it was Bournemouths structured style of play which caught us out yesterday, Howe’s side worked incredibly hard and none more so than Republic of Ireland international Harry Artrer who was incredible in the centre of midfield. Arter’s hard work and high intensity caused us bother through out the game and I believe that he was one of the main reasons why we didn’t pick up all three points yesterday. Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama were our two best players on the day, Vertonghen’s decision making was top class and the Belgium international made some terrific challenges including a decisive sliding tackle in the penalty area late on. Wanyama is proving to be a fantastic player for Spurs since his arrival in the summer, Wanyama put in another excellent performance yesterday, he was a powerhouse in the midfield making numerous important interceptions. Some questioned why Son and Alli were taken off in the second half but I would imagine that Pochettino was thinking about Tuesdays tough league cup tie against Liverpool at Anfield. Meanwhile Moussa Sissoko’s elbow on Harry Arter in the second half may well mean that the winger faces disciplinary charges by the FA.
My MOTM: Jan Vertonghen, the Belgian centre back put in an excellent performance making some crucial challenges and interceptions.


AFC Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Boruc; Smith, Francis (c), Cook, Daniels; Gosling, Arter; Ibe (Gradel 60), Wilshere, King (Fraser 88); Wilson (Afobe 82). Substitutes (not used):Federici, Ake, Mings, Mousset.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli (Sissoko 71), Lamela; Son (Janssen 61). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Davies, Winks.

Yellow cards: AFC Bournemouth – Gosling 39, Gradel 67; Spurs – Lamela 18, Vertonghen 35, Alli 37, Rose 43.

Referee: Craig Pawson.
Attendance: 11,201.

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :

Mixed fortunes for our youth sides against Chelsea on Saturday :


It was a mixed day for our youth sides yesterday as both our under 18’s and under 16’s faced Chelsea at Hotspur Way. Our under 18’s played out a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Hotspur way in what was an exciting game of football, in which John McDermott’s side impressed against a top class blues side. Chelsea took the lead through Guehi after the youngster converted from the following corner. However, Spurs equalised soon after through Samuel Shashoua who rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home after being played in by Dylan Duncan. Chelsea failed to convert a second half penalty as Spurs clutched on to a good point, in what was a very good performance from the Lillywhites. Meanwhile, our under 16’s were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea under 16’s.
Spurs U18s: De Bie, Hinds (Lock 73), Tsaroulla, Skipp, Marsh (c), Tanganga, Shashoua, Duncan, Griffiths (Sterling 65), Roles, Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Reynolds, Dinzeyi, Austin (GK).

An in depth report of the under 18’s match is provided on the Spurs website: http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/under-18s/match/report/spurs-u18-v-chelsea-match-report-221016/

Spurs v Bournemouth: (match preview)

Spurs v Bournemouth: (match preview)


Venue: Vitality stadium
Date: Saturday 22nd October 12:30pm
Live: Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports Mix
Referee: Craig Pawson
Head2Heads: 3-0 Spurs, 5-1 Spurs.

Later today Spurs face Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to return to winning ways after having drawn their last two matches. Spurs face a tough test on the south coast as Eddie Howe’s attacking side have a potent attack with the likes of Callum Wilson, Josh King and Jordan Ibe all on the cherries books. We defeated Bournemouth 5-1 in this fixture last season but today’s game will be a trickier contest, Howe’s team are now an established premier league side and the Lillywhites are missing two of their most important players through injury. However, I do believe that we will defeat the Cherries fairly comfortably as I reckon our attacking prowess will prove too much for Howe’s side. COYS

Team news: Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld both remain sidelined through injury whilst fullback Danny Rose is a doubt after picking up a foot injury in Leverkusen on Tuesday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Janssen.

My predicted scoreline: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Son x2 and Christian Eriksen.

One to watch: Bournemouths prolific striker Callum Wilson.