A Spurs Under 17 side will face Manchester City this evening (the game starts at 19:00pm) at the Loughborough University Stadium, in the final of the 2021/22 Under 17 Premier League Cup. Spurs beat Arsenal 9-0 in the group stage of the competition, as well as winning against Fulham, and also lost 6-3 to Charlton Athletic in the group stages. Stuart Lewis’ side which seems to have often consisted of players from the Spurs Under 18 side, then won against Southampton and later Charlton Athletic in the latter rounds of the competition, to set up a final with Manchester City. Spurs’ Under 18 side was missing players such as Rio Kyerematen, Jaden Williams and Renaldo Torraj for last Saturdays 2-1 Premier League South win over Reading, but it seems like sides are able to include some second year scholars in matches in this competition, this season. Manchester City’s Under 18 side are comfortably at the top of the Premier League North this season, and like their Under 23 side, they will surely be a very difficult side to play against. This will be a very interesting game of football, and one in which I’m really hoping that Spurs can win, although it will be very difficult to win the Cup final. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the match.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Maguire, Andiyapan, Dorrington, Sayers (c), Hackett, Willhoft-King, Kyerematen, McKnight, Donley, Bloxham, Williams.
Subs from: Hayton, Chaplin, Linton, Hall, Torraj, Amo-Ameyaw, Owen,
Previous meeting: N/A.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: Adedire Mebude (second year scholar). The forward and Scotland Under 19 international has scored an impressive nine goals and provided ten assists for Manchester City’s Under 18 side in the Premier League North this season.