Spurs’ Under 18 side face Chelsea in a Premier League South fixture at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am). Spurs won 5-1 against Charlton Athletic in their last competitive match at this level, with that game being in the Under 18 Premier League Cup. The game on Saturday against Chelsea is the first meeting between the two sides at this level this season. Chelsea won both fixtures against Spurs last season in the league, and they are currently in third place in the Premier League South, with 10 points from their opening six league matches of the season. They are of course a very good side and this will be a difficult game for Spurs, but it will also be a very competitive game. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the game. Spurs’ Under 18 side today found out that they will face QPR, at home, in the third round of the 2022/23 edition of the FA Youth Cup.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), McKnight, Chaplin, Morgan, Linton, Abbott, Moore, Williams, Donley, Irow, Lankshear.
Subs from: Krasniqi, King, Hall, Owen, Ajayi.
Injured/unavailable: Thomas Bloxham (on international duty with the Republic of Ireland Under 18 side).
Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: Tudor Mendel-Idowu (17). The second year scholar has been starting matches on the right flank as a winger, in recent games, and he is a very skilful and creative player who has impressed me whenever I have seen him play for Chelsea in the past.