Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)
Scott Parker’s Spurs under 18 side resume league action on Saturday lunchtime when they visit Bodymoor Heath for the rearranged league fixture against Aston Villa. Parker’s side will be looking to respond from their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in last Sunday’s u18 premier league cup final. Now with only the league to focus their attentions on, Spurs will be looking to finish the season strongly. Tomorrows opposition Aston Villa sit just the one position below them in the table in eight, having played a game more than Spurs. A team who Spurs have had a historically poor record against at this level, the villains haven’t endured the most successful of seasons this time round. Villa have only picked up 19 points from 17 league games, including just the six at home. On top of this, they exited the FA youth cup in the fourth round to Bury. And were also eliminated in the group stages of the league cup, losing all three of their games including a 4-1 defeat to Parker’s side at Hotspur Way. Villa were particularly poor that day and there were very few players that caught my eye, in that comprehensive victory for our lads. However, Parker’s side did loose 1-0 to Villa in the reverse league fixture earlier on in the season. Spurs travel to Tamworth with a fair few players missing, owing both to the international break and a growing injury list which includes star player Brooklyn Lyons-Foster who succumbed to an injury in the cup final against Chelsea. I will be reporting from Bodymoor Heath on tomorrows game, as a rotated Spurs side look to respond to the heartbreak of last Sunday. My in depth match report will be published on Saturday night. COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Hinds(c), Statham, Dinzeyi, Reynolds, Bowden, P.Maghoma, Clarke, A.Shashoua, Bennett, Richards.
Subs from: De Bie, Lock, Patterson, Markanday, Pochettino.
Doubtful: Charlie Freeman (arm), Griffiths (injury?), Tashan Oakley Boothe.
Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi (arm), Jubril Okedina (leg), Brooklyn Lyons-Foster(ligaments), Elliot Thorpe (away with Wales u19’s), Troy Parrott (away with Ireland u17’s), Maximus Tainio (away with Finland u17’s).
My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.
One to watch: Villas top scorer in the league this term with 5 goals, Dimitri Sea.