Spurs under 18’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)
Our under 18’s final game of 2019 is a league encounter with Leicester City on Saturday, at the ‘ Foxes ‘ Belvoir Drive training ground. Matt Taylor’s side will be looking to end the year on a high. They’ll also be looking to record their first league win since September. Leicester City occupy fifth spot in the Premier League South table after picking up 14 points from their opening ten league games. Trevor Peake has a squad of very talented young players and although the ‘ Foxes ‘ were knocked out of this seasons FA Youth Cup at the first time of asking, they will still be a tough side to beat on Saturday owing to their decent form in the league. Some of the Leicester players that the Spurs lads will have to be wary of, include forward and top scorer this campaign with three league goals Dempsey Arlott-John, commanding goalkeeper Oliver Bosworth and tricky Irish winger Shane Flynn.
Last season Spurs beat Leicester by four goals to nil at Belvoir Drive before then going onto lose 4-3 to the ‘ Foxes ‘ on the final day of the league season. I have noticed from the last couple of seasons that Leicester like to play with a lot of width, similar to fellow Premier League South side Southampton who incidentally were the last team that Spurs beat in the league (back in September). This will be a tough game for Matt Taylor’s side however, they will be hoping to repeat last seasons excellent performance over the Midlands based club. I would like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for this game. In other news our under 18’s will face Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after the ‘ Tics ‘ beat Croydon FC 8-1 on Tuesday night, that tie will be played next month.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Skinner, Cirkin (c), Robson, Cesay, Cooper, Pedder, Bennett, Whittaker.
Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Kyezu, Santiago, Mundle, Asante.
Injured/unavailable: Malachi Fagan-Walcott (serving the last of a three game ban), Michael Craig.
Doubtful: Nile John, Matthew Craig, Kion Etete.
Previous meeting: Spurs 3-4.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.
My one to watch: Tricky Irishman Shane Flynn (formerly of Bray Wanderers) primarily operates out on the left wing. Flynn put in a very good performance against Spurs in this fixture last season, going on many impressive jinking runs down the right flank.