Spurs under 18’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)
Scott Parker’s side will play arch rivals Arsenal on Saturday morning (kick off at 11am) when the two teams battle it out for a place in the final of this premier league under 18 cup. Fresh from there unsurprising exit from the FA youth cup in midweek to Chelsea, Parker’s side now see themselves facing an Arsenal side of similar ilk to the youth cup holders. It’s set to be a thrilling semi-final, both sides will be looking to field their strongest possible 11. And it ought to provide a great experience for both sets of players. I’m looking forward to reporting on this one, and I’m also looking forward to seeing some of Arsenal’s immensely talented youngsters. The likes of Trae Coyle, Xavier Amaechi, Emile Smith-Rowe and Jordan McEneff are all players who I’ve heard great things about. Parker will likely field u23 players TJ Eyoma and Oliver Skipp for the north London Derby, both were absent from the squad that traveled to Swansea for the u23 game last night. A game in which Spurs drew 2-2 thanks to a brace from Kazaiah Sterling. Parkers side met the gunners earlier on in the season, but fielded a very young side on that occasion and ultimately lost the game 6-0. Tomorrow will be a very different occasion and I’m hoping that we can beat Arsenal for the second time in a week! COYS
My predicted lineup: De Bie(c), Hinds, Lyons-Foster, Eyoma, Reynolds, Skipp, Bowden, Richards, Markanday, Bennett, Griffiths.
Subs from: Kurylowicz, Statham, A.Shashoua, Mukendi, P.Maghoma.
Doubtful: Moroyin Omolabi.
My score prediction: Spurs 5-4 Arsenal.
One to watch: Irish striker Jordan McEneff may be a name that rings a few bells for Spurs youth watchers. Well, the 17 year olds brother Aaron McEneff (now of Derry City) played for our u18’s and u21’s a couple of seasons back, and was once likened to a young Roy Keane by John McDermott. And you’ll be surprised to know that his brother was also a part of the Academy up until u14 level (I believe). Since making the switch to the other side of North London McEneff has missed the majority of this season through injury so far, but he has been getting a bit of game time recently. And the highly skilful striker will pose a real threat in front of goal if involved.