Spurs under 19’s versus PSV: (match preview)
Our under 19’s have a crucial game tomorrow lunchtime at Hotspur Way, when they take on PSV in the UEFA youth league. With three draws from their opening three group stages games in the competition, Matt Wells talented young side will know that they will have to win tomorrow against the Dutch side if they want to progress to the knockout stages. All three of our performances in this competition this season have been excellent despite the fact that we haven’t won a game. In our last game came against tomorrow’s visitors, Rudd Van Nistelrooy’s highly thought of PSV side. We fought back from two goals down in Eindhoven to record a dramatic 2-2 draw courtesy of Jaden Brown’s equaliser at the death. Tomorrow’s game promises to be fascinating viewing (sadly it is isn’t being shown in the UK) and with both sides so eager to get all three points I would expect both teams to lineup in attacking formations. Amongst Van Nistelrooy’s many fine talents are Vertessen, creative midfielder Ihattaren and midfielder anchorman Sadilek. It will be interesting to see what side Wells and McDermott will pick for tomorrow’s game. I would expect both Bowden and Maghoma to play in the middle of the park, but with it not being known whether or Skipp will be involved in the champions league game that evening. It’s very hard to predict. Apologies for my short preview but I will be at Hotspur Way reporting on tomorrow’s game, and I shall have my in-depth report out by the following day.
My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Austin (c), Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Binks, White, Bowden, Maghoma, Brown, Roles, Richards, Parrott.
Subs from: De Bie, Walcott, Oakley-Boothe, Patterson, A.Shashoua Markanday, Bennett.
Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin (international duty with England), Jonathan Dinzeyi (injury), Enock Asante (injury).
Doubtful: Tariq Hinds (injury), Oliver Skipp (Possible first team involvement).
Previous meeting: 2-2.
My score prediction: Spurs 4-2.
My one to watch: PSV’s Belgian centre forward Yorbe Vertessen has one goal from his opening three UEFA youth league games this campaign. The technically talented Belgian international impressed me during last summers under 17 European championships in England.