Spurs under 18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)
Our under 18’s resume league action tomorrow when they make their second trip to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground of the season. Parker’s will be hoping to get revenge on the blues for their 2-0 defeat to Jody Morris’ side in the league cup final in March. With just two league games remaining for both sides, the already crowned champions of the southern section have bigger fish to fry ahead of this dead rubber league game, with an important UEFA youth league semi final and FA youth cup final to look forward to. As for Parker’s side, he’ll be wanting the lads to finish the season off in good form. After suffering a surprise 5-3 defeat to Norwich in their last match, Parker will likely field a much stronger side for tomorrows derby. Whilst Morris will likely do the opposite, and field second and third string players for the game (still excellent players mind you!). It’s unlikely that Spurs will end Chelsea u18’s three year unbeaten run at Cobham, but it’s certainly not beyond their realms to bring the game to them, just like they did during the reverse fixture earlier in the season. When we drew 4-4 with the blues at Hotspur Way. I think our poor form against the blues over recent years has been down to psychological aspects rather thana lack quality, a win tomorrow would do no harm in stopping that. COYS
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie(c), Hinds, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Clarke, Bowden, A.Shashoua, Markanday, P.Maghoma, Richards, Griffiths.
Subs from: Freeman, Statham, Mukendi, Parrott.
Unavailable: Brooklyn Lyons Foster (ligaments).
Doubtful: Jubril Okedina and Jamie Reynolds. The following schoolboys are doubtful due to school commitments: Troy Parrott, Harvey White and J’neil Bennett.
My score prediction: 2-2.
Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.
One to watch: The Scottish maestro that is Billy Gilmour. A midfield technician, Gilmour caused havoc for Spurs in the league cup final at Cobham, with his excellent vision and Winkseque passing ability, the former Rangers man is a player who Spurs will need to watch closely.