Spurs’ Under 18 side will face Leicester City, at their new training ground in Seagrave, on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 12:00pm). Spurs will be hoping to get a good result against a Leicester side who are doing really well in the league this season, as well as in cup competitions. Leicester are in fourth place in the Premier League South, just three points behind league leaders West Ham United, although Leicester have two games in hand. Leicester deserved to win the reverse fixture against Spurs earlier in the season, as they won 3-0 at Hotspur Way, with forward Chris Popov having a very good game for Leicester on that day. Spurs lost 3-0 to Wolves (in the FA Youth Cup), in their last competitive game, and so they’ll be hoping to get a better result this Saturday, as they return to playing league football. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the match. I plan on travelling up to the English Midlands tomorrow morning, to cover the match.
My predicted lineup: Gunter, Bryan-Waugh, Dorrington, Sayers, Linton, Willhoft-King, Kyerematen (c), McKnight, Donley, Bloxham, Williams.
Subs from: Maguire, Andiyapan, Heaps, Torraj, Owen.
Previous meeting: Spurs 0-3.
My score prediction: 1-1.
My one to watch: Chris Popov. The Wales youth international had an excellent game in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, when he scored a second half hat-trick, to help Leicester to win the match 3-0. The forward has scored an impressive total of 12 league goals from 13 appearances, so far this season, as well as providing one assist. The former Manchester United player is someone who has good pace and movement off the ball, and who is also a clinical finisher inside the penalty area.