Spurs under 18’s v Stoke: (match preview)
We may be in the middle of a two week international break, but it doesn’t mean that there’s no Spurs action this weekend. Our under 18’s are in action as they take on Stoke City at Hotspur way on Saturday morning, after suffering the humiliation of a 7-1 defeat to Chelsea last weekend in the FA youth cup semi finals, John McDermott’s side will be looking to bounce back with a win in tier two of their merit group. Ironically the other team that made the semifinals of the FA youth cup, were Stoke city, they are however still in the competition, despite losing their first leg tie against Man City 6-0. With a selection of young Spurs players away on international duty, McDermott’s rotated side will face a tough test against fellow youth cup semifinalists stoke city when they face them on Saturday morning. The potters have some talented players on their books, including forwards Tyrese Campbell and Jordan Greenridge, as well as former Manchester United youngster Venancio Da Silva Monteiro. Spurs will go into days league fixture with a point to prove as they look to move on from their FA youth cup exit at the hands of the blues, and despite coming up against a good Stoke side, I’d be surprised if McDermott’s young Lillywhites didn’t run out the winners of this interesting encounter between the two clubs. I shall be at today’s game, and I shall publish a match report later this afternoon. COYS
Team news: With a dozen key players away on international duty with England’s various youth sides, theirs an opportunity for many Spurs players to be involved tomorrow. I wouldn’t be surprised if under 16 Phoenix Patterson came in for Samuel Shashoua who’s on England duty, Patterson has already featured on a number of occasions this season. After limping off during last Saturdays match at Stamford bridge, I’d be a little surprised to see forward Reo Griffiths start today’s game.
My predicted lineup: Austin, Hinds, Marsh, Skipp, Tsaroulla, Duncan, Roles, Bennetts, Patterson, Velasco, Sterling.
One to watch: A player that’s stood out throughout the FA youth cup campaign, 17 year old striker Tyrese Campbell has netted five league goals for the potters during the current campaign. And has also netted three goals in the PL2 for Stoke’s under 23’s.