Spurs under 18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)
After seven months of fiercely contested cup ties Scott Parker’s under 18’s will contest the final of the inaugural edition of the u18 premier league cup when they face Chelsea tomorrow afternoon. After recording some stunning victories over the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa, Spurs will have the opportunity to win some silverware when they face the blues at their Cobham based training ground on Sunday. Old foes you could say, Chelsea are without doubt the finest side of this age group in Europe and their dominance of the u18 league and FA youth cup in recent years has been testament to that plethora of talent that the blues have managed to bring through time after time. Jody Morris’s side have already knocked us out of the FA youth cup this season, playing a possession based game. However, Parker’s side did manage to record a 4-4 league draw against the blues earlier on in the campaign. This Chelsea team are supremely talented and have taken the league and cups by storm so far this season, only succumbing to one defeat in 27 games. Blessed with a squad rich with talent, the likes of midfield technician Billy Gilmour, speedy Dutch forward Daishawn Redan and the prolific Martell Taylor-Crossdale are but a small few of their most talented players. And that’s not including the likes of Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi and Kyle Scott who despite all being eligible are unlikely to be involved tomorrow. Jody Morris has his team in excellent shape, they are technically mature beyond their years and can pass the ball around for fun whilst opening defences at their will. However, Scott Parker’s side are also extremely talented and if they can approach the game like they did in the semi final against Arsenal and the quarters against Liverpool, then we will have a fighting chance of lifting the trophy on Chelsea turf.
Don’t get me wrong this is the biggest game of their careers, but I’m hoping to see them play without fear and show Chelsea what they are capable of, especially going forward. It promises to be a cracker of a game and as somebody who has attended every single game in the run up to the final, there would be nothing more satisfying then watching our lads parade around Cobham with the trophy aloft. I will be reporting from Cobham on tomorrows cup final and will have my in depth match report up later on that night. As Spurs and Chelsea u18’s contest their very own cockney cup final! COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie (c), Eyoma, Skipp, Lyons-Foster, Hinds, P.Maghoma, Bowden, Dinzeyi, Bennett, Patterson, Richards, Griffiths.
Subs from: J.Oluwayemi, Reynolds, Dinzeyi, A.Shashoua, Clarke.
Doubtful: Charlie Freeman, Jeremie Mukendi and Jubril Okedina (all injured).
My score prediction: Spurs 1-0.
One to watch: I could pick every single player in their team, such is the plethora of talent that they posses. However, the one to watch for me is Scottish midfield maestro Billy Gilmour, the former Rangers play possesses a wide ranging skill set and has the ability to the run the show from midfield. Gilmour also has an eye for goal.
U18 midfielder Moroyin Omolabi has had his contract ended by mutual consent and has since left the club. (source: the FA website)
A short piece I wrote on how we reached the final: https://superhotspur.com/2018/03/16/the-story-of-spurs-journey-to-the-under-18-premier-league-cup-final/