Spurs under 15/16’s versus Ipswich Town: (match preview)

Spurs under 15/16’s versus Ipswich Town: (match preview)

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I will be reporting on an academy showcase game this Saturday involving our under 16’s and an Ipswich town u15/16 side, in the Dick Parker trophy at Portman road. A regular event over the past couple of seasons the last showcase game involving both these sides came back in April of 2016 when our under 15’s took on the tractor boys at Portman road. Links are strong between both academies due to former Spurs coach Bryan Klug now being involved with the Ipswich senior team, whilst this particular game is being in held in memory of Ipswich’s Dick Parker who supported Spurs. A number of showcase matches have been held in recent seasons and our links with the East Anglian club has also seen a handful of their players guest for us in youth matches. With the most recent being the quartet of Ben Knight, Zak Brown, Nyan Mesuria and Liam Gibbs who played for our under 15’s during last seasons surf cup in San Diego. The season before that saw Zimbabwean international Kundai Benyu represent our under 19’s in a tournament in Amsterdam. Tomorrow afternoons showcase game will provide the young Spurs players with the rare chance of playing in front of a big crowd at a large and world renowned stadium. It will also give me a greater indication as to who is likely to be part of next seasons group of first year scholars. As for who will play tomorrow, well your guess is good as mine. There will likely be a variety of under 16’s involved which will include the likes of u18 regular J’neil Bennett and goalkeeper Kacper Kurylowicz. There will also be a fair few under 15 players involved, players such as Nile John and Tarrelle Whittaker. There could also be a few under 14’s in action such as England under 15 international Khalon Haysman, who played for our under 16’s during the previous showcase game against Cambridge United earlier in the season. My in-depth match report of tomorrows showcase game will be out on Saturday evening. COYS

Possible starting 11: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz(c), Muir, Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, White, Craig, John, Cooper, Bennett, Asante.

Unavailable: Troy Parrott (international duty).

Doubtful: Rafferty Pedder (injury) and Noni Madeuke (Madeuke has recently been turning out for Man United).

One to watch: Highly rated England under 16 international Ben Knight is considered as one of the most exciting young footballers in the country. The highly touted number 10 who has previously guested for Spurs’ under 15 side will provide the tractor boys with a major attacking outlet.

 

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Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester City: (match preview)

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After an exhilarating first league campaign under head coach Wayne Burnett, Spurs under 23’s will play their final game of the PL2 season on Wednesday evening, when they host Manchester City at Broadhall Way. A campaign of many ups and downs, from staring relegation right in the face to going on a remarkable run which all started on a chilly evening at Old Trafford in January that saw them beat Manchester United 3-1. Burnett’s side who after beating Chelsea 2-1 in their previous fixture have secured their first division status for another season, will be able to experiment a bit more with his squad for the visit of the sky blues. Man City sit one place above us is in the table in eight after being in and around the middle of the table for the majority of the season, but a win for Spurs would see them leapfrog City in the table and finish the campaign in an impressive eight place, particularly impressive when you consider the fact that we were rock bottom in January. Despite leading by two goals during the reverse fixture up in Manchester in November, Spurs were pegged back by Simon Davies’ side and would go on to lose 4-2. Now looking to avenge that result and finish the season on a high, Burnett will be eager to maintain Spurs’ impressive eight game unbeaten. The visitors who have won their last three away matches, boast a plethora of talent with the likes of U17 World Cup winners Joel Latibeaudiere and Phil Foden on their books, City also have players such as Ian Poveda. A ridiculously skilful winger who they signed from Brentford in 2016, I saw Poveda play for England under 16’s a couple of years ago and was left amazed at what he could do with a football.

In addition to Poveda Man City also have the leagues joint top scorer in Lukas Nmecha who has scored 14 goals this season, as well as the mercurial talent that is Brahim Diaz. It will be a great experience for Burnett’s side who will likely be much changed from their 2-1 win over Chelsea, with game time for a number of under 18’s likely. There are also a fair few of our players out on trial with other clubs. Surely the prolific 34 goal as season Reo Griffiths will be given some game time? My in-depth match report will be out on Thursday. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga (c), Georgiou, Skipp, Duncan, S.Shashoua, Roles, Bennetts, Griffiths.

Subs from: Austin, Hinds, Edwards, Tracey, Sterling.

Doubtful: Tom Glover.

Injured/unavailable: Nick Tsaroulla, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Christian Maghoma and Joe Pritchard.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-4.

One to watch: Due to his recent involvement in Pep Guardiola’s senior side it’s quite unlikely that the Stockport Iniesta will travel down to London for Wednesday evenings PL2 encounter. But if Phil Foden does travel with the City squad down to Stevenage, then the England youth starlet is bound to cause problems for Burnett’s side. A skilful midfielder with a great passing ability and eye for goal Foden is a special, special player.

Spurs under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

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After a lengthy break over the festive period, Wayne Burnett’s development side return to action when they travel to Leicester for a PL2 game on Wednesday night. The game which is being played at Holmes park (a tiny little ground owned by the Leicestershire FA) is the second meeting between these two sides this season after a closely encountered 1-1 draw at Hotspur way in the reverse fixture. And the foxes are flying in the league and are currently on a remarkable 9 game undefeated run in the league which has seen them move up to second in the table only to Liverpool. Steve Beaglehole’s side are mounting a series challenge for the league title, and having already seen Leicester’s youth team three times this season it’s obvious to see why. Whilst they don’t have any outstanding youth prospects, Leicester have a very talented young pool of players as well as being aided by a couple of fringe members of the senior team, are tough to breakdown. As the stats would suggest, they have conceded the least amount of goals in the league this season, a mere 9! Whilst it likely that some of the fringe senior players will be involved such as 30 year old centre half Yohan Benalouane and 25 year old Nigerian international Ahmed Musa, that experience combined with some of the foxes young talents may be too much for Burnett’s young side. But as always it’s an experience and a game which I am very much looking forward to reporting back from. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga, C.Maghoma, Brown, Skipp, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Edwards, Georgiou, Harrison.

Subs from: Austin, Bennetts, Marsh, Roles, Sterling.

Doubts: Dylan Duncan and Nick Tsaroulla.

My score prediction: 2-2.

One to watch: Experienced Tunisian centre half Yohan Benalouane is a player who most of you will know. The former Saint Etienne defender has struggled for game time since joining the foxes and this season has found himself playing three times for the development squad. He will be a tough player to play against, if involved.

Spurs versus Burnley: (match preview)

Spurs versus Burnley: (match preview)

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The festive period is upon us and so too are a string of very important games for us Spurs fans to enjoy. Starting with an away trip to Burnley this Saturday, Pochettino’s side are fresh from that painful 4-1 defeat to Man City last Saturday. Pochettino will be looking to instil confidence into his side ahead of some must win fixtures. The trip to turf moor will surely be considered as one of those ‘must win’ games, even though the clarets sit ahead of us in the table. Sean Dyche’s side have been one of the surprises of this season, operating on a small wage and transfer budget, Dyche has managed to build one of the leagues most well structured teams. Who have been able to grind out results against some of the finest sides in the league. Whilst their superb run of form isn’t likely to last the whole season, the clarets are an incredibly frustrating team to play against as we found out during our 1-1 draw in September at Wembley. Even without the important defensive duo of James Tarkowski and Stephen Ward for Saturday evenings game. Burnley still have the tenacity at the back to thwart the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. Whilst also possessing the aerial qualities of Vokes and Wood up top. Pochettino’s side often react well after a big defeat, and I’m confident that that will be the case against Burnley. I’m expecting us to attack from the minute go and overwhelm the clarets with a sparkling attacking display which would certainly be a much welcome gift to Spurs supporters. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris(c), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Dier, Son, Dele, Eriksen, Kane.

Subs from: Vorm, Trippier, Foyth, Sissoko, Lamela, Dembele, Llorente.

Absent: Wanyama and Alderweireld.

My score prediction: 3-0 Spurs.

One to watch: the clarets striker and main goal threat Chris Wood.

Spurs under 23’s versus Sunderland: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Sunderland: (match preview)

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It feels like a very long time ago when I watched our under 23’s kick off their PL2 campaign up in rural County Durham against Sunderland. Tomorrow evening Wayne Burnett’s side face the reverse fixture against the black cats, at the Lamex stadium. After a long break from league action, Burnett’s side will be looking to sign off the year with a much welcome three points. Spurs who sit bottom of the table, are without a win in five games, whilst the visitors who are also in the relegation zone, are a point ahead of us having played a game more. It was a quite thrilling game when these two teams met up in Durham, Sunderland somehow managing to nick the game 2-1 courtesy of two late goals. Concerning whether or not the game will go ahead, I phoned Stevenage earlier today and they said that they are quite confident the game will do! Sunderland have a good crop of talented youngsters that could all make the trip down to Stevenage which includes brothers Ethan and Thomas Robson as well as arguably their most talented youngster, forward Joel Asoro. Hopefully it’ll be a great game for Burnett’s youngsters, my in-depth match report will be published sometime on Wednesday. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Eyoma, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos(c), Edwards, Harrison, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

Subs from: O’Reilly, Marsh, Pritchard, Roles, Loft.

Doubtful: Duncan, Oakley-Boothe, Tsaroulla.

My score prediction: 2-1 Spurs.

One to watch: Sunderland’s pacy forward Joel Asoro is a very highly rated player indeed. The young Sweden under 21 international was a real handful in this fixture last season.

Spurs versus Manchester City: (match preview)

Spurs versus Manchester City: (match preview)

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Rarely has there been a team in the premier league era who are seen as unstoppable or unbeatable. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side may just be that team, the sky blues are unbeaten in the league this season, they sit 11 points clear at the top of the table with a staggering 49 points after 17 games. Probably the best team on the planet right now, City are on course to smash the premier league record book, with there being a general consensus among football fans that the league is already in the bag for the league leaders. Well that may be the case but it won’t stop teams such as ourselves bringing their A game to them. Man City are the club who we have the most away wins over in the premier league era, they are also a team who we haven’t lost to since 2015. The press are running out of superlatives to describe the attacking brilliance of Guardiola’s side, from the wizardry defence splitting passes of Kevin De Bruyne to the clinical finishing of Sergio Aguero, and the inform pairing of Raheem Sterling and David Silva, Guardiola’s team are devastating on the counter. As a Spurs fan all I’m hoping to see from Pochettino’s team is that they express themselves on the pitch, and play that trademark attacking football which has seen them overcome City in recent seasons. We’re expected to lose and anything else is a bonus, though one weakness of this great side is defending set pieces, something that I’m sure Pochettino will try and exploit this evening. COYS!

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris(c), Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.

Subs from: Vorm, Aurier, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Llorente.

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs! Son to score a brace.

One to watch: One of the best players in the world right now, Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has the ability to win a game on his own. His footballing brain one of the best in the league, the Belgian is the creative force behind Man City’s attacking play. De Bruyne has recorded 5 goals and 8 assists in the league so far this season.

Spurs versus Brighton And Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs versus Brighton And Hove Albion: (match preview)

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Apologies about the late publication of this match preview, I’ve just arrived at Wembley. And to my great surprise I just met the Brighton team walking down the street, what a great experience to meet Brighton manager and Spurs legend Chris Hughton, he is a very nice guy! Regarding this evenings game, Spurs host newly promoted Brighton at the national stadium in what will be viewed by Pochettino as a must win game, bearing in mind that our next fixture is away to Man City. Chris Hughton’s Brighton team are one who I have a huge amount of respect for, they’ve adapted well to life in the premier league and have a fantastic work ethic and attitude both on and off the pitch. Their danger men include skilful winger Anthony Knockaert, creative force Pascal Gross and target man Glen Murray. Massively important game tonight! COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris(c), Aurier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Sissoko, Winks, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

Subs from: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Foyth, Son, Llorente, Nkoudou.

Absent: Alderweireld and Sanchez.

Doubtful: Wanyama.

My score prediction: 2-0.

One to watch: It’s quite rare that my ‘one to watch’ is a defender, but in this case I believe Brighton’s centre half Shane Duffy will provide the biggest threat to Pochettino’s side when these teams meet this evening. Chris Hughton’s side are built around their two big centre halves Dunk and Duffy. Duffy is a player who I have watched play for many years, a Derry man and Ireland international Duffy is an immensely talented centre half who is excellent in the air. He puts his body on the line and is also incredibly brave, I’d love to see him play for Spurs one day.

Spurs under 18’s versus Preston North End: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Preston North End: (match preview)

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Whilst it’s by no means certain that Spurs’ 3rd Round FA youth cup tie will go ahead on Tuesday evening, owing to the adverse weather conditions, I’ll write my preview regardless and then update it if needs be. I phoned Stevenage this afternoon and they told me that they were unsure whether the game will go ahead, there’ll be a pitch inspection at 1 pm which will decide whether or not the game will go ahead. Focusing on the game, Scott Parker’s side will have been relishing the chance to play in the FA youth cup ever since they signed their scholarships, the most prestigious youth competition in the country, they’ll need no history lessons about the importance of this competition and what it means to the club. Being played at Stevenage’s Lamex stadium, Spurs will be hoping to replicate the successes of last seasons under 18 team, who enjoyed a good cup run before being knocked out in the semis by Chelsea. Tomorrows game will see the Lilywhites take on the Lilywhites. And one thing that Parker’s side can’t be going into this game is complacent, Preston may have an academy ranking much lower than ours, whilst the championship club will have nothing like the resources that our club possesses. But one thing they are sure to have is spirit, Preston were one of the surprise packages of last seasons campaign, managing to reach the quarter finals where they were only narrowly beaten by Stoke, they also managed to be Everton en route to the last 8.

I’m really excited for tomorrows game and I’m sure our lads are too, it’s a special opportunity and it will also provide the youngsters with a rare chance of playing in front of a crowd, who no doubt will all be behind them. I’m predicting Parker to field a very strong side, there may even be space for some of our younger development squad players, I’m confident Samuel Shashoua and some of the other youngsters are all still eligible. COYS

My predicted lineup: De Bie(c), Hinds, Lyons-Foster, Statham, Reynolds, Bowden, P.Maghoma, Richards, A.Shashoua, P.Patterson, Griffiths.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Pochettino, Clarke, Markanday, Lloyd-Bennett.

Doubtful: Moroyin Omolabi, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Charlie Freeman, Elliot Thorpe and Matt Lock.

One to watch: Preston’s Liverpudlian forward, Darren Branigan.

My score prediction: 5-1 to Spurs.

An interesting read about a famous FA youth cup campaign that Spurs endured in the 1970’s : https://superhotspur.com/2017/11/19/the-forgotten-story-of-spurs-famous-fa-youth-cup-winning-side-of-1973-74/

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

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Tomorrows PL2 game involving Spurs and West Ham United is the third meeting between these two sides this season, the previous two games have been enthralling to say the least. Seeing 14 goals, including a memorable 7-2 victory over the hammers in the premier league international cup back in September. Both sides are in bad form, with neither managing to record a victory in there last 5 matches. Though it is Terry Westley’s hammers side who are doing better then Spurs in the league, currently occupying a healthy 5th place, whilst Burnett’s team languish in the relegation zone. Looking to change all that, Burnett’s side will hopefully take the game to the hammers like they so often do on away games, with there being added incentive on this occasion. Having already seen them twice this season, the players that I’d be most wary of are – striker Toni Martinez, talented goalkeeper Nathan Trott and hammers centre half Olatunji Akinola, whose a threat from corners. Though of course, there’s always the possibly that Westley will field a couple of fringe players from Moyes’ senior side. I will be reporting on tomorrow evenings game (kick off: 7:00pm) which will take place at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Chigwell construction stadium, weather permitting! Then the follow night (providing there are no postponements) I’ll be in Stevenage for our FA Youth cup third round tie against Preston. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Marsh, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Pritchard(c), Amos, Edwards, Harrison, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

Subs from: Austin, Brown, Tracey, Loft, Skipp.

Doubtful: Dylan Duncan, Nick Tsaroulla and Jonathan Dinzeyi.

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs.

One to watch: Toni Martinez. The up and coming Spanish striker has been in fine form for the development squad this season, netting 8 goals in 11 league games. He has also made the bench for the senior team in recent weeks, Martinez is a strong and clinical target man.

Spurs u18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

Spurs u18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

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A busy week of youth football starts for our under 18’s on Saturday morning when they host high flying Chelsea at Hotspur Way, in the under 18 league. Although Parker’s side go into this game with some good recent form, his side will face no bigger challenge than to overcome the blues renowned youth team. Occupying top spot in the table, Chelsea have a lead of 7 points to second place Leicester. Having scored just the 31 goals from there opening 10 games, it’s fair to say that they know where the back of the net is. In addition to their goal scoring prowess including a 7-0 thrashing over West Ham last Saturday, Chelsea have conceded only 7 goals this season. With players such as Jonathan Panzo (u17 World Cup winner) the brilliant Dutchman Juan Castillo who was exceptional during last seasons youth cup, as well as the clinical Martell Taylor-Crossdsale it’s fair to say Chelsea have the best under 18 team in the country! That goes without mentioning a dozen or so other top class talents that could feature tomorrow. At the end of the day it will be a fantastic experience for Parker’s side and I wish them all the best. Due to attending the senior game at Stoke tomorrow, I will be unable to report on the whole of the game. Though I hope to be able to watch at least an hour of the game, before heading off to Wembley. COYS

Head2Heads:7-1 Chelsea
2-1 Chelsea
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4-2 Chelsea

Doubtful: Omolabi, Lyons-Foster, Dinzeyi.

Some players could be rested owing to our important FA youth cup match with Preston in midweek.

My predicted lineup: De Bie(c), Clarke, Hinds, Statham, Reynolds, Bowden, P.Maghoma, Richards, A.Shashoua, Lloyd Bennett, Griffiths.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Tainio, Pochettino, P.Patterson, Markanday.

One to watch: Former Ajax Academy player Juan Castillo will likely cause problems down the wing with his blistering pace and skill.