Spurs under 18’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

After exiting at the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup last Tuesday after losing 5-0 to West Brom, Spurs’ under 18 side return to league action this Tuesday. Matt Taylor’s side host West Ham United at Hotspur Way (the game starts at 12:00pm), and Spurs will be looking to do the double over West Ham at this level for the first time since the 2018/19 season, the season when Spurs finished as runners up in the league. Spurs started the 2020/21 Under 18 league season by winning 4-1 against West Ham in the reverse fixture last year, and Spurs currently sit relatively comfortably in fourth place in the league, while West Ham are in tenth place in the league. Always a very competitive fixture which has produced some big score lines and some great games in recent seasons, I’m sure that the game on Tuesday will be no different. Spurs will be eager to bounce back from the disappointment of last Tuesday, but they will be without top scorer Dane Scarlett who is injured, while captain and goalkeeper Thimothee Lo-Tutala could miss out after he went off injured against West Brom last week. West Ham are a talented team, and Spurs will have to watch out for top scorer Divin Mubama if he plays, while joint second top scorer Kai Corbett is another player who could cause Spurs problems. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for this behind closed doors fixture, and it would be great for the team to return to winning ways.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Cassanova, Muir (c), Paskotsi, Hackett, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Mundle, Haysman, Santiago, Mathurin.

Subs from: Maguire, Kyezu, Davies, Devine.

Injured/unavailable: Dane Scarlett.

Doubtful: Thimothee Lo-Tutala.

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Forward Divin Mubama (16), who has scored seven goals from 18 league appearances this season.

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