Spurs’ Under 18 side have their first home league game of the season tomorrow, and it’s a London derby against Chelsea (it starts at 11:00pm on Saturday, at Hotspur Way). Spurs lost their opening game of the Premier League South season 4-2 to Fulham last Saturday, despite putting in a very good performance in the second half of that game. Spurs’ opponents on Saturday started the 2021/22 season by beating West Brom 5-2, but last season Chelsea actually finished behind Spurs in the league, as they finished in seventh place, one point behind sixth placed Spurs. Over the years this fixture has produced some memorable games at this level, and last season Spurs beat Chelsea 6-1 at Cobham before then losing 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Hotspur Way. Tomorrow’s game will be a very competitive one but it will be very interesting to see how it goes. I’m particularly looking forward to tomorrow’s game as it’s the first time that I’ll be at Hotspur Way since February 2020, when Spurs’ Under 18 side beat Southampton 6-1. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the match, and my match report will be out later on tomorrow.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Torraj, Dorrington (c), Hackett, Linton, Cassanova, Kyerematen, Mathurin, Williams, Bloxham, Donley.
Subs from: Krasniqi, McKnight, Bryan-Waugh, Haysman, Owen.
Previous meeting: Spurs 0-1 Chelsea.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.
My one to watch: Talented Chelsea defender Luke Badley-Morgan (17), who actually featured against Spurs’ Under 23 side last Monday. Badley-Morgan made 11 league appearances for Chelsea’s Under 18 side last season.