Spurs under 18’s versus Swansea City: (match preview)
After getting their first win of the season last week after defeating Norwich City 4-0, our under 18’s are back in action on Saturday when they take on Swansea City at their Landore training centre, in South Wales. Matt Taylor’s side played some very attractive attacking football against Norwich City last Saturday, and it was a very encouraging performance from a very young Spurs side after they had lost their two previous league games. I was impressed not only with the way that our attacking line picked apart the Norwich defence, but also by the way that our two central defenders Matthew Craig and Luis Binks marshalled the back line. Tomorrow mornings opponents Swansea City who are co managed by Anthony Wright and Alan Tate, have won one, drawn one and lost one from their opening three league games of the season, as they sit in fifth place in the under 18 premier league south table. Wright and Tate’s side were one of the leagues basement clubs last season and they really struggled to score goals. Last season the ‘ Swans ‘ finished in 11th place in the league, scoring just 19 goals from 22 matches. Some players to look out for tomorrow include inform forward Ali Al-Hamadi, defenders Luke McKendry and Panashe Makokowe as well as centre forward and one of last seasons star players Josh Thomas. Swansea have in recent years been a very defensive side at this level and it wouldn’t surprise me if they played for a draw on Saturday morning. Straight after our under 23’s PL2 match against Chelsea finishes I will be heading to Paddington station intending to get the last train of the day to Swansea to report on Saturday’s game!
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Cesay, Matthew Craig, Binks (c), Lusala, Michael Craig, John, Cooper, Pedder, Whittaker, Asante.
Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Muir, Mundle, Carrington, Scarlett.
Injured/unavailable: Malachi Walcott, J’Neil Bennett, Dennis Cirkin.
Doubtful: Max Robson, Kion Etete.
My score prediction: Spurs 5-2.
Previous meeting: Spurs 1-0.
My one to watch: Swansea forward Ali Al-Hamadi who was scored three goals in his first three appearances this season.