Spurs Under 23’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side return to Premier League 2 action on Monday evening at The Lamex Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm), when they face West Ham United. Wayne Burnett’s side narrowly lost 4-3 to Crystal Palace in their last league game, just before the international break. Last season Spurs did the double over West Ham in the league, winning 3-0 in the home game, and 2-1 in the away fixture. The East London club have picked up 13 points from seven league matches so far this season, and they currently occupy fifth place in the league, and are two places above Spurs. Always a difficult fixture, Spurs, however, have only lost one of their last five competitive meetings with West Ham at this level. A talented side, West Ham have won their last three competitive matches at this level, and with players such as Amadou Diallo, Harrison Ashby and Jamal Baptiste, this will be another tough game for Spurs, before they travel up to Manchester to face Manchester City next Saturday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game. I will be reporting on the game today.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Matthew Craig, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), White, Clarke, John, Devine, Markanday.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Paskotši, Michael Craig, Pedder, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Defender and Scotland Under 21 international Harrison Ashby. The 19 year old has already been involved in five goals from seven league appearance this season, two goals and three assists.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Stoke City: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side will play their second group game of this seasons Under 18 Premier League Cup, when they face Stoke City at Hotspur Way on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 13:30pm). Not a side that Spurs would usually face at this level, Stoke City are currently bottom of the Under 18 Premier League North, having picked up four points from their opening six league games of this season. This is a game which Spurs will need to win to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, after losing their opening group game to Leeds United. Spurs’ last competitive meeting with Stoke City actually came in this competition back in 2019. On that day Spurs won 3-2. This will be an interesting game, and I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for it. My match report will be published on Sunday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, McKnight, Bryan-Waugh, Chaplin, Andiyapan, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Torraj, Bloxham, Owen, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Linton, Abbott, Heaps, Amo.

Injured/unavailable: Roshaun Mathurin.

Doubtful: Jordan Hackett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Emre Tezgel (16). The centre-forward has scored seven league goals from just five appearances so far this season.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Crystal Palace: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side beat Derby County 3-1 on Monday night, and they have another game on Friday against Crystal Palace, at their training ground (the game starts at 13:00pm). Wayne Burnett’s side face a Crystal Palace team who have picked up six points from their opening six league games of the season. A talented side, players such as former Spurs Academy player Jack Roles, Jesuran Rak-Sakyi and David Omilabu, means that this will be another tough test for Spurs. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Cesay, Omole, Lavinier, White (c), John, Santiago, Devine, Clarke, Markanday.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Matthew Craig, Paskotši, Michael Craig, Pedder.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Jack Roles. The 22 year old former Cyprus youth international was at Spurs as an Academy player for many years, and his movement off the ball and ability to score all different types of goals means that he could cause Spurs problems today.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview)

Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Development side narrowly lost 1-0 to Cambridge United on Tuesday night in the Papa John’s Trophy, but they’ll be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Derby County in the Premier League 2 on Monday, at the Lamex Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm). Derby County have picked up three points from their opening four league matches of the new Premier League 2 season, and they are currently bottom of Division One. However, Derby did the double over Spurs’ Under 23 side in the league last season, beating us 2-1 and 1-0. Derby are a good side, and they actually won their first league game of the new season in their last fixture, beating West Ham United 3-1 at home. With players like Republic of Ireland youth international Louie Watson and Kornell McDonald potentially playing tonight, this will be another tough test for Spurs. However, Wayne Burnett’s side have started the season well and a win tonight wouldn’t leave them too far away at all from the top of the league. I will be at the Lamex Stadium today, and my match report will be out tomorrow. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Matthew Craig, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), White, Clarke, John, Devine, Markanday.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Muir, Michael Craig, Pedder, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Louie Watson (20). The attacking-midfielder is a player who is always looking to make a forward pass, is skilful on the ball and also works hard off it. Watson has already made two appearances for Derby in the Championship this season.

Spurs Under 18’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side return to league action this Saturday when they host West Ham United at Hotspur Way (the game starts at 11:00am). Head coach Stuart Lewis saw his side win their first competitive match of the new season in their last league match, which was against Reading, earlier this month. Spurs most recently lost 3-1 to Leeds United in the Premier League Cup, last Saturday. Last season Spurs won their opening match against West Ham 4-1, before then recording a 1-1 draw at Hotspur Way later in the season. West Ham have picked up six points from their opening four league games of this season, while Spurs have picked up three points from their opening four league games. Always a tough game, Spurs versus West Ham at this level has been a memorable fixture in recent years. Spurs will be hoping to record their second competitive win of the season tomorrow, but with players like Sonny Perkins (West Ham’s top scorer at this level this season), Michael Forbes and Gideon Kadua, it will be a tough game. I shall be reporting on tomorrow’s game, and my match report will be out late tomorrow. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Torraj, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Bloxham, Donley, Owen, Williams. 

Subs from: Krasniqi, McKnight, Chaplin, Kyerematen, Heaps.

Injured/unavailable: Roshaun Mathurin.

Doubtful: Jordan Hackett.

Previous meeting: 1-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Sonny Perkins. West Ham’s top scorer in the league this season – Sonny Perkins has been involved in five goals from four appearances (four goals and one assist).

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

Spurs’ Development squad have an important Papa John’s Trophy group game to play on Tuesday night, when they play League One side Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm). Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League 2 on Friday, in their last competitive match. However, it was a game that they probably deserved to win, especially as they went 2-0 up during the first half. In Group 16 of this seasons Papa John’s Trophy, Spurs won their opening group game of the competition 4-3 against Stevenage, in what was a very impressive performance, especially as Spurs were missing a number of players because of international call-ups. Cambridge United also won their opening group game – beating Oxford United 4-1. Cambridge United have started the new League One season well, picking up 11 points from their opening seven league matches. This will be a very tough test for Spurs tomorrow, against a good side who also play a good and effective style of football. Former Spurs Academy player Shilow Tracey joined Cambridge United this summer, and the one time regular player for Wayne Burnett’s side has started the season well for his new club. A very direct winger, the Spurs players will be well aware of how difficult he can be to defend against. 23 year old forward Sam Smith scored a brace in the game against Oxford United, and he will be another player to watch out for, as will talented and versatile former Spurs Academy defender Jubril Okedina.

A point or possibly two points (if the game goes to a penalty shootout) would be a very good result tomorrow, against arguably the second toughest side in the group. With Spurs’ first team playing Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night this could mean that some of the Spurs Under 23 players miss out on the Cambridge United game. However, it will be interesting to see what the team is tomorrow night. I will be reporting on tomorrow’s match and would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), White, Clarke, Pedder, Santiago, Markanday. 

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Muir, Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-2.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Jubril Okedina. A Spurs Academy player for many years up until this summer, versatile defender Jubril Okedina is in my opinion a very good defender who reads the game really well.

Spurs Under 18’s versus Leeds United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 18 side will play their first group game of this seasons Premier League Cup on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 14:00pm), when they face Leeds United at their Thorp Arch Training Centre. Spurs are in a difficult group which also contains Fulham and Stoke City. However, hopefully Spurs can start the group off well, by getting a good result against a Leeds United side who have picked up six points from their opening four league games of this season, and they haven’t actually faced Spurs at Under 18 level in a competitive game for a long time. Spurs got their first competitive win of the new season last Saturday, against Reading, and that will give them confidence going into tomorrow’s game. Leeds have a good Under 18’s side, and one of their players to watch out for is Northern Ireland youth international Charlie Allen, who could be a difficult player to play against if involved on Saturday. Unfortunately I wont be able to make Saturday’s game, as I’m at the Under 23 game against Blackburn Rovers the night before. And it’s just too difficult to get from there to where the Leeds match is being played. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Torraj, Dorrington (c), Andiyapan, Linton, Haysman, Kyerematen, Bloxham, Donley, Owen, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Chaplin, McKnight, Cassanova, Amo. 

Injured/unavailable: Roshaun Mathurin.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Northern Ireland Under 19 international Charlie Allen (17). The former Linfield midfielder has made three competitive appearances for Leeds United’s Under 18 side so far this season, and last season he scored three league goals from 15 appearances for them.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

After beating Liverpool 2-1 last Saturday in the Premier League 2, Spurs’ Under 23 side travel up to Leyland in County Lancashire this week, to face Blackburn Rovers in their latest league game, at the LFA County Ground on Friday (the game starts at 19:00pm). Wayne Burnett’s side beat tomorrow’s opponents 3-2 away from home last season, before then drawing 1-1 with them at Hotspur Way in the reverse fixture. Spurs have picked up seven points from their opening four league games of this season, while Blackburn have picked up two points from their opening four league games of the season, and are without a win in all competitions so far this season. Always a tough team to face at this level, since being promoted to Division One of the Premier League 2 back in 2018, Blackburn have always been a strong side in the league. They play the game at a good intensity, and are also a physical side as well. The last time I was up in Leyland to watch Spurs’ Under 23’s play we actually lost 4-0, but the home side did field a strong team for that game. I personally wouldn’t have thought that the Academy players who traveled out to France for Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League game with Stade Rennais, would then play against Blackburn on Friday. However, that could still be possible. The home side have players who could potentially cause Spurs problems, such as top scorer Sam Burns. However, Blackburn also have experienced players like Gibraltar international Louie Annesley.

This will be a tough game for Spurs, but we also have players who have played so far this season, who have a really good amount of experience of playing competitive Under 23 football. I will be travelling up to Leyland to report on the match, and then on my way back the following day I will be hoping to watch J’Neil Bennett play for Crewe. I would however, like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Paskotši, Muir, Lyons-Foster (c), Cesay, Matthew Craig, White, Clarke, Pedder, Devine, Santiago. 

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Michael Craig, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: 1-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Sam Burns. The 19 year old has so far scored four goals from five appearances for Blackburn Rovers’ Under 23 side this season.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Liverpool: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side return to Premier League 2 action on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 15:00pm) as they take on Liverpool at The Lamex Stadium. Wayne Burnett’s side last played a competitive match on the 31st August, and they impressively won that match 4-3 against League Two side Stevenage FC. Spurs haven’t lost to Liverpool in a competitive game at this level since September 2017, and on that day Liverpool fielded a very strong and experienced side. Liverpool are unbeaten at this level so far this season, but sit only one place and one point above Spurs in the league table, in sixth place. Last season Spurs did the double over Liverpool, winning 4-3 at their training ground, before then winning 4-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium towards the end of the 2020/21 season. Some Liverpool players to look out for tomorrow include forwards Kaide Gordon and Max Woltman, and also talented defender Billy Koumetio. This will be a difficult game for Spurs on Saturday, but hopefully Wayne Burnett’s side can record a good result. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the match, and I will be going to Stevenage soon after the Under 18’s match against Reading finishes to report on the game. My match reports of both games will be out at some point on Sunday. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Fagan-Walcott, Lyons-Foster (c), Omole, Cesay, Matthew Craig, White, John, Devine, Clarke, Markanday.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Muir, Michael Craig, Pedder, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: Marcel Lavinier (suspended).

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle, Maksim Paskotši.

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-1.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Talented forward and England Under 18 international Kaide Gordon.

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

Spurs’ Under 18 side return to playing competitive games on Saturday (the game starts at 11:30 am), when they host Reading at Hotspur Way, in the Premier League South. Both sides have lost their opening three league games of the season going into Saturday’s game, and last season both games between the two sides ended in draws, with the first of those two matches ending in a dramatic 4-4 draw at Hotspur Way. It sounded like Spurs were unlucky to lose 3-2 to Birmingham City in their last league game, but a good thing about the Reading game on Saturday is that Northern Ireland Under 19 international Jamie Donley returns, after serving a three game ban for a straight red card that he picked up in Spurs’ Under 18’s defeat to Chelsea last month. However, defender and second year scholar Jordan Hackett had to come off for England Under 18’s after just ten minutes in a recent match against Wales, so I would imagine that he will be a doubt for the game on Saturday. It should be another good match on Saturday and hopefully Spurs can get their first win of the new season. I will be reporting on the match and would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, McKnight, Dorrington, Andiyapan, Linton, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Donley, Kyerematen, Owen, Williams.

Subs from: Krasniqi, Bryan-Waugh, Torraj, Chaplin, Bloxham.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Jordan Hackett.

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Harvey Maunder (17). The Reading attacking midfielder scored ten league goals from 21 appearances last season.