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

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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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
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.

Spurs versus Stoke City: (match preview)

Spurs versus Stoke City: (match preview)


Spurs’ 3-0 win over APOEL in midweek may have been no more than a dead rubber, but the win and performance alike will give Pochettino’s side confidence going into their league match with Stoke on Saturday afternoon. Without a win in their last 6 league games, the importance of ending that record tomorrow is huge, with the gap between us and the top four widening. Mark Hughes’ team are an interesting one, they play some good attacking football and have some brilliant players. But there form has been erratic this campaign and have only managed four league victories. The creativity will come from Swiss international Shaqiri, whilst the height of former Spurs man Peter Crouch and Choupo-Moting up top, will be a handful for our defence. Really looking forward to this game! COYS

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

Subs from: Vorm, Aurier, Foyth, Winks, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Llorente.

Absent: Wanyama, Alderweireld, Sanchez.

My score prediction: 4-1 to Spurs!

One to watch: Stokes creative diamond Xherdan Shaqiri has been in fine form this season, being directly involved in 9 of the potters premier league goals.


Spurs versus APOEL Nicosia: (match preview)

Spurs versus APOEL Nicosia: (match preview)


Having already secured top spot of in our group from what has been an exceptional UEFA Champions league campaign for Spurs, there final group game at home to APOEL who are still fighting for third place and a spot in the Europa league is a bit of a dead rubber from Spurs’ perspective. With our recent dip in form in the league, Pochettino will view this game as a chance to boost the players confidence ahead of a crucial league game at home to Stoke on Saturday. With wide spread rotation likely for this game, I would personally love to see some of our Academy startlets included in the squad as oppose to some fringe members of the senior team. The visitors who will need no motivation going into this game, are in fine form winning six of their last seven games in all competitions. Spurs will need to be on their game, whatever side Pochettino fields. To win this would be a big morale booster for this set of players! COYS

Absent: Alderweireld, Wanyama and Oakley-Boothe (not 100% sure on that).

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm(c), Walker-Peters, Sanchez,Foyth, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Edwards, Nkoudou, Llorente.

Subs from: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Georgiou, Dier, Skipp, S.Shashoua, Sterling.

My score prediction: 4-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Llorente x2, Edwards’s and Lamela.

One to watch: APOEL’s experienced striker Mickael Pote.