The last time Spurs’ Under 21 side faced Fulham in a league match, was during the 2014/15 season (Spurs won that match 2-0). On Saturday both sides meet again in a league fixture at this level (the game starts at 12:00pm, and will take place at Hotspur Way). Spurs lost 1-0 to Stevenage on Tuesday evening, in their final Papa Johns Trophy group-stage fixture of this season. However, Spurs defended well throughout the match, and I thought that Wayne Burnett’s side did well against a Stevenage side who are in really good form. Fulham have picked up 15 points from eight Premier League 2 matches so far this season, and they are currently in fifth place in Division One, in their first season in this division for a good while. The club from West London have a very good side, with players such as Oliver O’Neill, Adrion Pajaziti and Luke Harris all players who have featured for Fulham’s Under 21 side this season. In their last Premier League 2 fixture, Fulham won 7-0 away to Leicester City.
Jamie Donley received a red card for Spurs’ Under 21 side in their last home league fixture, but because he is still eligible to feature for the Spurs Under 18 side this season, he could be able to return for the game on Saturday afternoon. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Dorrington, Muir, White, Craig (c), Robson, Devine, Mundle, Santiago.
Subs from: Maguire, Lyons-Foster, John, Mathurin, Lankshear.
Previous meeting: Spurs 2-0.
My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.
My one to watch: Oliver O’Neill (19). The creative and highly skilful midfield player has made an impressive start to the 2022/23 season, with the Fulham Under 21 side. O’Neill has scored six Premier League 2 goals and provided three assists from eight league appearances this season. The Republic of Ireland Under 21 international has very good off the ball movement, and he reads the game very well.