Spurs under 18’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs’ under 18 side return to league action tomorrow (the game starts at 11:30am), when they face Southampton at their Staplewood Training Ground, in what is the first of five competitive matches this month for Spurs. Matt Taylor’s side defeated AFC Wimbledon 3-0 (the game went to extra time) in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup in their last competitive game, and with a game against West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night, it will be interesting to see if Spurs rest some players tomorrow. The Spurs under 23 side are in action on Monday night against Leicester City in the PL2, so that as well as the FA Youth Cup game on Tuesday could possibly mean that some players don’t feature for Spurs tomorrow. Tomorrow’s opponents Southampton haven’t won a Premier League South game since they beat Leicester City 8-2 in October of last year, and the side who are currently bottom of the Premier League South have only picked up seven points from 18 league games this season. Further encouragement for Spurs will be the fact that they have beaten Southampton on their last four visits to their Staplewood Training Ground. And earlier in the 2020/21 season and in the reverse fixture with Southampton, Spurs won 7-0 at Hotspur Way. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game, and it is one where despite Southampton’s bad recent form, it will still no doubt be a very tough game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala (c), Lusala, Muir, Paskotsi, Hackett, Cassanova, Matthew Craig, Mundle, John, Mathurin, Whittaker.

Subs from: Hayton, Cesay, Kyezu, Davies, Haysman.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 7-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-1.

My one to watch: Southampton forward Sam Bellis (18), who has scored five goals for Southampton’s under 18 side from 11 league appearances this season.

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