Spurs under 18’s v Chelsea- FA Youth cup semifinal, second leg: (match preview)
Date: Saturday march 18th kick off: 17:15pm
Head2Heads: 1-1, 3-2 Chelsea, 2-1 Chelsea.
After an enthralling first leg at the Lane, Where John McDermott’s Spurs side lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Tuesday evening. McDermott’s side go up against Chelsea tomorrow for a second time, as both sides battle it out for a place in the final of the FA Youth cup. Saturday evenings encounter at Stamford Bridge which is live on ITV4, is going to be a fascinating match, despite being dominated by the blues for the majority of the first leg, Spurs’ fight back in the last 20 minutes, showed the sheer quality that our youth academy possesses. Our under 18’s have shown throughout the season, why they are considered one of the finest youth teams in the country, their excellent cup run testament to their talents on the pitch. Tomorrows second leg will be atough task for the Lillywhites. However, having watched this team throughout the season, I have no doubt that we can overcome the one goal deficit in front of us and progress to the final, though there will need to be a sensational performance from the lads if they are to break down this magnificently structured Chelsea side. With the creativity of Shashoua and Roles, and the pace of Griffiths and Bennett’s there are many ways to get the ball up top to the clinical Kazaiah Sterling, our biggest goal threat. Whatever the outcome tomorrow one thing is certain, this team have the done club and supporters proud and the fans will be cheering them on in tomorrows exciting match. It would be an absolutely fantastic occasion if we could defeat our London rivals on their own turf. COYS
Team news: I’m expecting McDermott to rotate his side ahead of tomorrows tie, I’m predicting the inform Jack Roles will come into the midfield for Oliver Skipp, whilst Jaden Brown may get an opportunity at left back. Brandon Austin put in a man of the match performance on Tuesday, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the talented Alfie Whiteman get an opportunity in between the sticks. I reckon Marcus Edwards playing could make the difference between the two sides tomorrow, but the academy prospect is on the fringes of the first team and I would be surprised to see him included in the squad.
My predicted lineup: Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Brown, Marsh, Roles, Griffiths, Shashoua, Bennetts, Sterling.
My predicted score: 2-0 to Spurs.
One to watch: Ike Ugbo, having scored in the first leg the clinical centre forward provides a real threat in front of goal.
Interesting fact: Spurs have lifted the prestigious FA Youth cup trophy on three occasions, in 1970, 1974 and most recently in 1990 that team included goalkeeper Ian Walker who went on to have a successful career with the Lillywhites.