Spurs’ Under 18 side will face Liverpool at the Liverpool Academy on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am) in their first Under 18 Premier League Cup fixture of the season. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side lost 4-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League South last Saturday, in what would have been a difficult game for Spurs, who had to play a good amount of the game with only ten men. Liverpool have started the Premier League North season well, winning two of their opening three league fixtures, and also scoring a lot goals. Liverpool are a very good side at this level, and with Trent Kone-Doherty, Louie Koumas and Ben Doak, Spurs’ defence will have to have a very good game on Saturday, to stop Liverpool from scoring a goal. Liverpool’s most recent fixture at this level saw them win 4-2 at home to Manchester United, last Saturday. This will be a difficult game for Spurs, and with the Spurs Under 21 side also playing on Saturday (away to Crystal Palace), Spurs could be without players like Jaden Williams and Alfie Dorrington for the Liverpool match. Unfortunately I can’t make this match on Saturday, because the travel makes it just too difficult on this occasion. I will however, be at the Spurs Under 21’s match against Crystal Palace. I would like to wish Stuart Lewis’ side all the very best of luck for their opening Under 18 Premier League Cup fixture of the season.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Krasniqi, McKnight (c), Chaplin, Andiyapan, Roswell, Hall, Moore, Irow, Bloxham, Owen, Ajayi.
Subs from: Bryan-Waugh, Olusesi, Akhamrich, Black.
Injured/unavailable: Jahziah Linton (suspended, after receiving a red card against Arsenal, in Spurs’ last match at this level).
Doubtful: Rio Kyerematen, Billy Heaps.
Previous meeting: Spurs 4-2 (2019).
My score prediction: 3-3.
My one to watch: Trent Kone-Doherty. The former Derry City player has started this season well with the Liverpool Under 18 side. The first year scholar usually plays as a winger, and he is a very good dribbler with the ball, and he also has really good pace, and is more than capable of scoring goals. He has scored two goals from three matches for Liverpool’s Under 18 side this season.