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

Spurs’ under 18 side have a very important FA Youth Cup fifth round tie against West Bromwich Albion to play on Tuesday night (the game starts at 19:00pm and will take place behind closed doors at Hotspur Way). West Brom overcame Cardiff City (they won that game 2-1) in the last round, to reach the fifth round of this seasons FA Youth Cup, while Matt Taylor’s Spurs side beat AFC Wimbledon 3-0, despite being taken to extra time by the home team on the day. West Brom sit in ninth place in the Under 18 Premier League South, while Spurs are situated in fourth place in the league. However, the only meeting between these two sides this season ended in an uneventful goalless draw at Hotspur Way, but West Brom’s away form this season has been decent. Spurs beat Southampton 3-0 in a league game during the weekend just gone, while West Brom beat Leicester City 4-1 at home. Spurs will need to be aware of West Brom forward Jovan Malcolm who has scored seven goals from 14 Under 18 league appearances for West Brom this season, and who has also stepped up to play for their development side on occasions. At the end of the day this is a cup game, and cup games in this great old youth competition can be unpredictable, as we have seen on numerous occasions over the last few seasons in the FA Youth Cup. Having missed the under 23’s league game against Leicester City last night, Spurs should have Dane Scarlett, Nile John and Alfie Devine available for Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup game, a game for which I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for. Let’s hope that this will be the year when Spurs win the FA Youth Cup for the fourth time in their history.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala (c), Cesay, Muir, Paskotsi, Hackett, Michael Craig, John, Mundle, Devine, Santiago, Scarlett.

Subs from: Hayton, Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Cassanova, Mathurin, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 0-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: West Brom forward Jovan Malcolm (18), who has scored seven goals from 14 Under 18 league appearances for West Brom this season. Malcolm has also stepped up to play for West Brom’s development side on five occasions this season.

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

Spurs’ under 23 side return to Premier League 2 action tomorrow night (the game starts at 19:00pm) when they play Leicester City at their new and extremely impressive training ground in Seagrave. Leicester City have picked up 17 points from 19 league games this season, and they currently sit in 11th place in the league table, only just avoiding the relegation zone because of goal difference. Tomorrow’s opponents haven’t been on a great run of form of late, and their last league win came back in January. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side are currently in third place in the league, just four points behind second place Blackburn Rovers. However, in the reverse fixture with Leicester last year Spurs lost 5-1 at Hotspur Way, but Spurs’ form since the start of the year has been really good. Spurs will be without George Marsh for tomorrow’s game as he is suspended after being shown a red card in their last game, while I would be surprised if Dane Scarlett and Alfie Devine play tomorrow, as Spurs’ under 18’s have an FA Youth Cup game against West Brom on Tuesday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Markanday, Lavinier, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Pedder, Bennett, Thorpe, Mukendi, Etete.

Subs from: Maguire, Skinner, Davies, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: George Marsh (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-5.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Irishman Shane Flynn is able to play as a left-winger and as a left-back, and the 19 year old is really good at getting up and down the flank. Flynn is also a skilful player with good pace, and he has already been on the bench for the Leicester City first team this season.

Spurs under 18’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs’ under 18 side return to league action tomorrow (the game starts at 11:30am), when they face Southampton at their Staplewood Training Ground, in what is the first of five competitive matches this month for Spurs. Matt Taylor’s side defeated AFC Wimbledon 3-0 (the game went to extra time) in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup in their last competitive game, and with a game against West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday night, it will be interesting to see if Spurs rest some players tomorrow. The Spurs under 23 side are in action on Monday night against Leicester City in the PL2, so that as well as the FA Youth Cup game on Tuesday could possibly mean that some players don’t feature for Spurs tomorrow. Tomorrow’s opponents Southampton haven’t won a Premier League South game since they beat Leicester City 8-2 in October of last year, and the side who are currently bottom of the Premier League South have only picked up seven points from 18 league games this season. Further encouragement for Spurs will be the fact that they have beaten Southampton on their last four visits to their Staplewood Training Ground. And earlier in the 2020/21 season and in the reverse fixture with Southampton, Spurs won 7-0 at Hotspur Way. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game, and it is one where despite Southampton’s bad recent form, it will still no doubt be a very tough game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala (c), Lusala, Muir, Paskotsi, Hackett, Cassanova, Matthew Craig, Mundle, John, Mathurin, Whittaker.

Subs from: Hayton, Cesay, Kyezu, Davies, Haysman.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 7-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-1.

My one to watch: Southampton forward Sam Bellis (18), who has scored five goals for Southampton’s under 18 side from 11 league appearances this season.

Spurs under 18’s versus AFC Wimbledon: (match preview)

Spurs’ under 18 side return to FA Youth Cup action on Wednesday evening when they take on AFC Wimbledon in the fourth round of this seasons competition, at Plough Lane (the game is being shown live on AFC Wimbledon’s YouTube channel). Matt Taylor’s team beat Chelsea 6-1 in their last competitive game and that was back on the sixth of March. Wimbledon overcame category one Academy side Burnley in the third round of this seasons FA Youth Cup, while Spurs beat Newport County 6-2 in the third round despite going two goals behind. While I can’t say I know very much about Wimbledon’s under 18 side because of the fact that they play in a different league to us, the fact that they managed to beat a category one Academy side in the last round of the competition does most certainly mean that Spurs cannot underestimate their opponents. Obviously there won’t be any fans inside Plough Lane on Wednesday evening, but playing at a stadium will be a great experience for both sets of players. Spurs will be without centre-half Maksim Paskotši on Wednesday as he is away with the Estonian senior national team, and they are playing Sweden in an international friendly on the same day. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck in this most prestigious of English youth competitions for Wednesday’s game, and I’m sure that it will be a very competitive game of football. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala (c), Lusala, Muir, Matthew Craig, Hackett, John, Michael Craig, Mundle, Devine, Mathurin, Scarlett.

Subs from: Hayton, Cesay, Kyezu, Cassanova, Davies, Robson, Whittaker.

Injured/unavailable: Maksim Paskotši (on international duty with Estonia).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-1.

My one to watch: Wimbledon’s Paris Lock, who came off the bench to score the winner for Wimbledon in their round tie against Burnley.

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

After losing their first league game in seven on Monday after losing 1-0 to Derby County, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side welcome Manchester United to Hotspur Way on Friday in the Premier League 2 (the game starts at 12pm and I believe that it’s being shown live on MUTV). This will be Spurs’ last PL2 game until the 12th April because of the upcoming international break, and a fascinating game it promises to be. Manchester United sit in sixth place in the division one table with 28 points, one point behind fourth place Spurs, and in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season Spurs lost 4-2 to Manchester United, and the home side that day looked very good. It’s no surprise that with 45 goals scored this season that the club from Lancashire are the second highest scorers in the league this season, as they have such talented forwards such as Joe Hugill, Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga. Manchester United are a well rounded side who are capable of causing Spurs problems tomorrow, but Spurs’ fine recent form as well as the fact that they played well on Monday night against Derby despite the fact that they played the majority of the game with ten men will give them confidence. I wrote a report of Monday’s game against Derby and I also plan on doing one on tomorrow’s game, a game for which I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Marsh, Lusala, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Thorpe, John, Devine, Markanday, Bennett.

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

Injured/unavailable: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (suspended), Marqes Muir (suspended).

Doubtful: Kion Etete.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-4 

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Manchester United’s 17 year old centre-forward Joe Hugill. The former Sunderland Academy player has scored ten goals from 16 PL2 appearances for Manchester United’s under 23 side this season. 

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

Spurs’ under 23 side are currently on a seven game unbeaten run in the Premier League 2, and Wayne Burnett’s side are still in with a chance of winning Division One. Spurs’ opponents on Monday (the game starts at 19:00pm) are Derby County who are currently two points behind Spurs in sixth place in the league. The game which takes place at the Loughborough University Stadium will be a very competitive one between two very good teams. Spurs lost 2-1 at home to Derby in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season despite going ahead early on in the game thanks to a goal from Alfie Devine. Spurs have the third best away form in the league this season after having picked up 17 points from nine games, whereas Derby have picked up 16 points from nine home games. Having seen a lot of the current Derby under 23 side play I have been impressed with defenders Harrison Solomon and Kornell McDonald, as well as creative midfielder Louie Sibley who in fact came off the bench to play for Derby’s first team at the weekend. Derby are a good footballing side and the Spurs defence will have to be alert during tomorrow’s match. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Marsh, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Thorpe, Bennett, Devine, Markanday, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Pedder, Mukendi, Scarlett.

Injured/unavailable: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Derby forward Cameron Cresswell (21), who has scored four goals from 13 PL2 appearances this season. 

Spurs under 18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

Spurs’ under 18 side will make the fairly short trip to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Saturday morning for their Premier League South game with Chelsea (the game starts at 11am). Matt Taylor’s Spurs side last played Chelsea in a competitive game way back in the November of 2019, and on that day Spurs lost the game 5-3, in what was really a game of two halves. Chelsea currently sit in sixth place in the league, four points off of fourth place Spurs. This London derby will be a very competitive game of football, but Spurs have won their last two league games at Cobham, so it will be interesting to see if they can make it three wins in a row there.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala (c), Lusala, Muir, Paskotši, Hackett, Michael Craig, Devine, Mundle, Robson, Mathurin, Scarlett.

Subs from: Maguire, Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Whittaker, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-5.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-2.

My one to watch: Chelsea’s top scorer in the league at under 18 level this season – Jude Soonsup-Bell. The 17 year old has scored 12 league goals for Chelsea at this level so far this season. 

Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

After losing 5-0 away to Fulham on Wednesday in the league, Spurs’ under 18 side face Aston Villa on Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm). It’s third versus fourth in the Premier League South at Aston Villa’s training ground, with Spurs currently one point behind Aston Villa on 25 points, and Aston Villa actually beat Spurs 2-0 in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season despite playing with ten men for a fair bit of that game. Aston Villa have won eight, drawn two and lost just one of their 11 league games this season, and they currently have a very good chance of winning the Premier League South this season. It will be interesting to see whether Dane Scarlett who is Spurs’ top scorer at this level this season will play, after he missed the Fulham game because he was with the first team. This will be an interesting but very tough game for Spurs, but I would like to wish them all the very best of luck for the match. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala (c), Cassanova, Muir, Paskotši, Hackett, Devine, John, Mathurin, Robson, Santiago, Scarlett.

Subs from: Hayton, Matthew Craig, Mundle, Whittaker, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1

My one to watch: Brad Young. The 18 year old forward is Aston Villa’s top scorer in the league this season with ten goals.

Spurs under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

Matt Taylor’s Spurs under 18 side return to league action on Wednesday afternoon (the game starts at 13.00pm) after having not played a league game for a little while. Spurs will travel to New Malden in Surrey, where they will play Fulham at the London School of Economics Sports Ground. Spurs occupy fourth place in the Premier League South, but are only one point behind Fulham who are in second place on 26 points. Spurs’ last competitive game which was against Brighton at Hotspur Way saw them come from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a late winner from midfielder Max Robson, a player who actually came off the bench last weekend to make his competitive under 23 debut for Spurs. Fulham have only lost two of their last ten league games at this level, and they have recorded impressive victories over Chelsea and Aston Villa in that time. Fulham have goals in their side through the likes of the prolific Jay Stansfield, top scorer this season Mika Bierith and the creative Oliver O’Neill who is also really good from set pieces. This will be another tough and very competitive game for Spurs, but they did beat Fulham 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Hotspur Way earlier on in the season. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for Saturday’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala (c), Lusala, Muir, Paskotši, Hackett, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Mathurin, Robson, Santiago, Whittaker.

Subs from: Hayton, Cesay, Cassanova, Mundle, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Fulham’s prolific centre-forward Jay Stansfield (18) who scored 22 leagues goals at under 18 league level last season.

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

It’s second place versus fifth place in the Premier League 2 division one table on Friday (the game starts at 12pm), as Spurs’ under 23 side host Everton at Hotspur Way. Wayne Burnett’s side come in to this game on the back of a five game unbeaten run, an unbeaten run from which they have picked up 11 points from. Everton went on a similarly good run up until they lost 3-1 to Manchester City in their last league game. These two sides met earlier on in the season in Southport last October, the score that day finished 0-0, but Spurs did dominate that game at times but neither side could score that all important goal on the day. David Unsworth’s Everton side have been very difficult to beat in recent years for Spurs, in fact since the Premier League 2 started for the 2016/17 season Spurs have only won one of eight meetings with Everton. A well structured side who have in fact won  the Premier League 2 division one title before, Unsworth’s side play good football and are good at keeping the ball and at defending. Everton’s top scorer at under 23 level this season Ellis Simms (he scored eight goals for their under 23 side) joined League One side Blackpool on loan last month so he won’t be playing on Friday. However, Everton do still have goals in their side with the likes of forward Nathan Broadhead and defender Thierry Small all chipping in with some goals so far this season. Spurs’ top scorer at this level this season is Kion Etete who was deservedly nominated for the January Premier League 2 player of the month award recently. Friday’s game will be an interesting one, and like Spurs’ last two league games it could be another very close game of football. I would like to wish Wayne Burnett’s side all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster (c), Omole, Markanday, Marsh, Bowden, Scarlett, Devine, Bennett, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, John, Thorpe, Mukendi.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 0-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Everton’s 22 year old former Wales under 21 international Nathan Broadhead, who has five league goal contributions (three goals and two assists) for Everton’s under 23 side so far this season.