Spurs’ Under 18 side start the 2021/22 Premier League South season on Saturday morning at Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground (the game starts at 11:00am), as they take on last seasons Premier League South champions. New Spurs Under 18’s head coach Stuart Lewis’s talented Spurs side will be hoping to start the season by recording a good result against Fulham, but that will be difficult as the West London club were outstanding at Under 18 level last season. In the first meeting between the two sides last season Spurs won 3-0 at Hotspur Way, but then in the reverse fixture Fulham won 5-0 at Motspur Park. A side who play good football and who are very potent going forward, Fulham have always been a difficult team to play against at this level. On the opening day of the Under 18 Premier League season back in 2019 Fulham beat a strong Spurs Under 18 side 5-0 at Motspur Park, in what was a dominant performance from the home side. This new look Spurs Under 18 side will likely see a good number of first year Academy players make the squad for Saturday’s match, such as centre-forward Jamie Donley. I am sure that this will be a very good and competitive game. However, unfortunately I will be unable to report on the match, as I haven’t been granted permission to attend the match by the home side. I would like to wish Stuart Lewis’s side all the very best of luck for the match and for the 2021/22 season.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Maguire, Torraj, Dorrington, Bryan-Waugh, Hackett, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Mathurin, Kyerematen, Williams, Donley.
Subs from: Hayton, McKnight, Davies, Turner, Bloxham.
Previous meeting: 0-5.
My score prediction: 2-2.
My one to watch: Michael Olakigbe (17). The Fulham player was involved in ten goals (four goals and six assists) from 15 Under 18 Premier League appearances last season.