Spurs Under 21’s versus Peterborough United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side face League One side Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium, in their second group game of the 2022/23 edition of the Papa Johns Trophy, on Tuesday night (the game starts at 19:30pm). Spurs lost 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers at Hotspur Way on Saturday, in their most recent Premier League 2 fixture. However, the side that started that game for Spurs, could be quite different to the side that starts against Peterborough United tomorrow, because of international call-ups. Spurs played really well, and they also defended really well against Wycombe Wanderers, in their first group game of the competition. And a similar performance against a Peterborough side who have lost their last six matches, could see Spurs get a good result tomorrow, as they look to progress out of their group. Peterborough are a talented team however, and this will be far from an easy game for Spurs, against a senior side. However, I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Muir, Lyons-Foster, White, John (c), Santiago, Robson, Mundle, Williams.

Subs from: Hayton, Abbott, Linton, McKnight, Hall, Akhamrich, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Tyrell Ashcroft (injury), Aaron Maguire (international call-up), Jamie Donley (international call-up), Kallum Cesay (international call-up), Matthew Craig (international call-up), Alfie Dorrington  (international call-up).

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: David Ajiboye. The former Spurs Academy player is a very skilful player who has great pace. The 23 year old winger did really well for Sutton United last season in League Two, and he is a player who also has a real eye for goal.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side will face Blackburn Rovers at Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 13:00pm), in their latest Premier League 2 fixture. Both games ended in draws last season between both sides, and games against the two sides in recent seasons have been very competitive. Always a difficult team to face, Blackburn Rovers are still looking for their first win of the 2022/23 season however, and they sit in 14th place in the Premier League 2 Division One table, having lost all five of their league games this season. I will be at the match tomorrow, and I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Dorrington, Ashcroft, Craig, White, Santiago, John (c), Mundle, Donley.

Subs from: Maguire, Muir, Mathurin, Robson.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Harry Leonard (19). The Blackburn Rovers forward was in great form for their Under 18 side last season, scoring a lot of goals. And Harry Leonard scored his first goal of the season for the Blackburn Rovers Under 21 side in midweek.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face Brighton & Hove Albion at Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:30am), in their latest Premier League South fixture. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side won their last competitive match 3-1 away to a very good Liverpool side in the Under 18 Premier League Cup, and that was a very impressive result. Spurs won their home fixture with Brighton at this level last season, before recording a draw with Brighton in the reverse fixture. Brighton are a difficult team to play against, and Spurs will be hoping to return to winning ways after losing their last two Premier League South matches. This should be a great game, and it will be the first of three Spurs matches on Saturday, that I’ll be in attendance for. I will watch the majority of the Brighton game, before then watching the start of the Spurs Under 21’s Premier League 2 fixture against Blackburn Rovers (also at Hotspur Way), and then the first team game against Leicester City. However, I would like to wish the Spurs Under 18 side all the very best of luck for their fixture with Brighton on Saturday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), Abbott, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Linton, Willhoft-King, Hall, McKnight, Bloxham, Akhamrich, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Roswell, Olusesi, Moore, Irow.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 3-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Joshua Duffus. The second year scholar and forward impressed in both Premier League South fixtures with Spurs last season. Joshua Duffus has already scored one goal and provided two assists for Brighton’s Under 18 side, so far this season.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Crystal Palace: (match preview)

After recording a good 0-0 draw with League One side Wycombe Wanderers inside 90 minutes (Spurs lost on penalties, as Wycombe won the extra point) on Tuesday in the Papa Johns Trophy, Spurs’ Under 21 side will face Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 14:00pm) at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace are a very good side in Division One of the Premier League 2, and they have started the 2022/23 season really well, picking up ten points from their opening four league games of the season. I watched Crystal Palace’s Under 21 side in a league game recently, and I was very impressed with John-Kymani Gordon, David Ozoh and Killian Phillips. Spurs will be hoping to get another good result this Saturday, after doing well against Wycombe Wanderers during the week. I will be going to the game with Crystal Palace on Saturday, and I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Cesay, Muir, Sayers, Ashcroft, Matthew Craig, John (c), Mundle, Donley, Mathurin, Santiago.

Subs from: Maguire, Abbott, Dorrington, Robson, Lankshear.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine, Charlie Sayers.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: John-Kymani Gordon (19). The Crystal Palace winger has started the 2022/23 season really well, scoring three goals and providing two assists, from four Premier League 2 matches this season. I have been impressed with how he has played in the games that I have seen him involved in, in the past.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Liverpool: (match preview)

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.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Wycombe Wanderers: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side will face League One side Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening at Adams Park (the game starts at 19:00pm), in their first group-stage match of the 2022/23 Papa Johns Trophy. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side will be looking to record their first competitive win of the new season, later today. However, that won’t be easy, as Wycombe are a very good League One side. Spurs will be hoping to get a good result in Buckinghamshire in their opening group match, as they are in a difficult group which also includes Peterborough United and Stevenage. Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers side includes former Norwich City Academy player Anis Mehmeti, who has started the season really well. Also, it will be interesting to see if creative forward/midfielder and Republic of Ireland international Daryl Horgan plays this evening. This will be a very difficult game for Spurs, but it will also be a great experience for Wayne Burnett’s side. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Maguire, Craig, Muir, Fagan-Walcott, Ashcroft, White, John (c), Mundle, Donley, Mathurin, Santiago. 

Subs from: Hayton, Cesay, Dorrington, Abbott, McKnight, Robson, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine, Charlie Sayers.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Daryl Horgan (30). The Republic of Ireland international can play in midfield and out wide on the flanks. He is a creative and experienced player, and one that the Spurs players will have to watch closely throughout the match.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

The Spurs Under 18 side will face Arsenal in the Premier League South on Saturday, at Arsenal’s London Colney Training Ground (the game starts at 11:00am), in the first North London Derby of the new season. Stuart Lewis’ Spurs side lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion in their most recent league match, but they were unlucky not to get at least a point from that game. Arsenal won both of their fixtures against Spurs at this level last season, and in the most recent meeting between the two sides, they were very good. Arsenal have drawn one and lost one of their opening two Premier League South matches of the 2022/23 season, but this will be a very competitive game. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), Abbott, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Hall, Heaps, McKnight, Black, Akhamrich, Williams,

Subs from: Krasniqi, Chaplin, Bloxham, Irow, Ajayi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Rio Kyerematen (the second year scholar had to be substituted in Spurs’ last game, after picking up an injury).

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-5.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Omari Benjamin. The Arsenal forward and first year scholar has scored one goal from two appearances for Arsenal’s Under 18 side, so far this season.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Liverpool: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side face Liverpool on Friday evening, at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm). Spurs recorded a good 0-0 draw with the current Premier League 2 Division One champions Manchester City last Sunday, and they’ll surely go in to the fixture with Liverpool in good confidence, after playing so well against Manchester City. Liverpool have lost one match, drawn one and also won one, from their first three Premier League 2 fixtures of the 2022/23 season. In their most recent Premier League 2 fixture they won 1-0 against Blackburn Rovers. This will be another difficult game for Spurs, but they’ll be looking to get a good result against Liverpool, after losing to them in their last meeting in this competition, last season. This will be another good game of football, and I’d like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Maguire, Cesay, Muir, Sayers, Ashcroft, Craig, John (c), Mundle, Donley, Mathurin, Santiago.

Subs from: Hayton, Dorrington, Abbott, Robson, Williams.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-7.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Oakley Cannonier (18). The Liverpool forward scored a remarkable total of 28 goals from 26 Under 18 Premier League South appearances for Liverpool’s Under 18 side last season, as well as providing four assists. Oakley started the Liverpool Under 21’s last Premier League 2 fixture.

Spurs Under 21’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 21 side will face the current Premier League 2 Division One champions, Manchester City on Sunday afternoon (the game starts at 12:00pm) at their Academy Stadium. Spurs are looking for their first Premier League 2 win of the season, but Manchester City will be a very difficult team to play against. They have won their first two Premier League 2 matches of the season and they will be looking to win the Premier League 2 Division One, yet again this season. However, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side won both of their league fixtures against Manchester City at this level last season, and they were two very good performances from Spurs. Manchester City are very good at Academy level, and they have a very good team. 18 year old forward Carlos Borges has started the season really well for Manchester City’s Under 21 side, and he will definitely be a player to watch, if he does play on Sunday. Also, Adedire Mebude has also started the season really well for the Manchester City Under 21 side, and he will also be a player to watch. This will be a very difficult game for Spurs, but hopefully they can get a good result tomorrow. Both Jamie Bowden and Alfie Devine picked up injuries in the Spurs Under 21’s last league game, and they will probably be doubts for the match on Sunday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Keeley, Paskotši, Fagan-Walcott (c), Sayers, Cesay, Craig, Santiago, Mundle, Robson, John, Donley. 

Subs from: Maguire, Ashcroft, Muir, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-0.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Carlos Borges (18). Often playing as a winger, Portugal youth international Carlos Borges really impressed when he played against Spurs in the Under 17 Premier League Cup final last season. He is a very skilful, creative and fast winger, who Spurs will have to watch closely tomorrow. Carlos Borges has scored one league goal and provided two assists so far this season for the Manchester City Under 21 side.

Spurs Under 18’s versus West Bromwich Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm at Hotspur Way), in their first home Under 18 Premier League South fixture of the season. Stuart Lewis’ side impressively won 1-0 away to Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League South season. Last season they won two and lost one of their fixtures against West Brom, at this level. This included an impressive 6-1 win over them at Hotspur Way, in the fourth round of the 2021/22 FA Youth Cup. Last season West Brom finished in tenth place in the Premier League South, two points behind Spurs in ninth place. This will be an interesting game, and I’m looking forward to covering the match, especially as I was unable to go to the opening game of the season against Leicester City, last Saturday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gunter (c), Abbott, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Hall, Heaps, McKnight, Kyerematen, Bloxham, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Bryan-Waugh, Akhamrich, Ajayi, Olusesi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Fenton Heard (17). The second year scholar and West Bromwich Albion player scored five goals and provided six assists last season for the West Bromwich Albion Under 18 side, in the Premier League South.