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

Spurs’ Under 18 side start the 2021/22 Premier League South season on Saturday morning at Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground (the game starts at 11:00am), as  they take on last seasons Premier League South champions. New Spurs Under 18’s head coach Stuart Lewis’s talented Spurs side will be hoping to start the season by recording a good result against Fulham, but that will be difficult as the West London club were outstanding at Under 18 level last season. In the first meeting between the two sides last season Spurs won 3-0 at Hotspur Way, but then in the reverse fixture Fulham won 5-0 at Motspur Park. A side who play good football and who are very potent going forward, Fulham have always been a difficult team to play against at this level. On the opening day of the Under 18 Premier League season back in 2019 Fulham beat a strong Spurs Under 18 side 5-0 at Motspur Park, in what was a dominant performance from the home side. This new look Spurs Under 18 side will likely see a good number of first year Academy players make the squad for Saturday’s match, such as centre-forward Jamie Donley. I am sure that this will be a very good and competitive game. However, unfortunately I will be unable to report on the match, as I haven’t been granted permission to attend the match by the home side. I would like to wish Stuart Lewis’s side all the very best of luck for the match and for the 2021/22 season.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Maguire, Torraj, Dorrington, Bryan-Waugh, Hackett, Cassanova (c), Haysman, Mathurin, Kyerematen, Williams, Donley.

Subs from: Hayton, McKnight, Davies, Turner, Bloxham.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 0-5.

My score prediction: 2-2.

My one to watch: Michael Olakigbe (17). The Fulham player was involved in ten  goals (four goals and six assists) from 15 Under 18 Premier League appearances last season.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Barnet FC: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side will play their final game of pre-season on Saturday afternoon (the game starts at 15:00pm) when Wayne Burnett’s team face National League side Barnet FC at The Hive Stadium. Spurs lost their last pre-season friendly against Crawley Town last Saturday 2-1, which was their first defeat of this pre-season, after having won their three previous games. Barnet recorded a 1-1 draw with League One side Oxford United in their most recent pre-season friendly, and they certainly won’t be an easy team for Spurs to play against on Saturday. Since the Spurs Under 23’s last friendly against Crawley Town, Spurs have loaned out centre-forward Kion Etete to League Two side Northampton Town. Also defender Jubril Okedina has joined League One side Cambridge United on a permanent transfer, having spent the second half of last season on loan with them. So that means that there could be a couple of changes to the Spurs starting eleven on Saturday, and it will be particularly interesting to see who plays at centre-forward, as Alfie Devine started the Crawley game there, while Max Robson started the Hastings United game in that position. With Dane Scarlett possibly in the squad for the first team friendly game against Arsenal on Sunday, that would leave Spurs with only one recognised centre-forward in first year Academy player Jamie Donley. Spurs’ development side last played Barnet in the Papa John’s Trophy in 2017, and on that day Wayne Burnett’s side lost 2-1. I will be reporting on Saturday’s match and I hope to publish my report on Sunday. 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, Muir, Paskotši, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), Michael Craig, Markanday, Devine, Bennett, Robson.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Kyezu, Hackett, Matthew Craig, Pedder, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 1-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Barnet’s 30 year old forward Adam Marriott.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Crawley Town FC: (match preview)

Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side have so far had the perfect start to pre-season. They have won three of their three pre-season matches so far, scoring 13 goals and conceding no goals. The last time that a Spurs development side played Crawley Town was back in 2018, when a Spurs side containing a number of first year Academy players put in a very impressive performance, to record a 1-1 draw in normal time in the Papa John’s Trophy group stage. League Two side Crawley Town faced West Ham United’s Under 23’s in their last pre-season game. The match finished 2-1 to Crawley. Spurs played non-League side Hastings United in their most recent pre-season friendly, and it was a game which Spurs won 3-0. Crawley will be by far Spurs’ most difficult test of pre-season so far, and so it will be a challenging game for Spurs’ Under 23 side on Saturday (the game starts at 15:00pm and takes place a Crawley’s The People’s Pension Stadium). Unfortunately I am unable to attend and report on tomorrow’s game. However, I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Cesay, Muir, Okedina (c), Lavinier, Bowden, Devine, Santiago, Robson, Markanday, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Kyezu, Hackett, Michael Craig, Matthew Craig, Pedder, Mundle.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 1-1 (Crawley Town won on penalties).

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: If he does play on Saturday then Spurs will be have to be aware of former Spurs Academy player Nicholas Tsaroulla (22). The left-back who loves to get forward and take players on for skill, was a player who I really enjoyed watching when he played for Spurs.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Hastings United FC: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23’s third friendly of pre-season will see them take on Hastings United FC at the TGS Pilot Field, on Tuesday evening (the game starts at 19:45pm). The match which is a testimonial for Hastings United captain Sam Adams, will be another good test for Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side, who have already recorded 6-0 and 4-0 wins over Ramsgate FC and Enfield Town FC respectively during pre-season. During the last game against Enfield Town, Spurs put in an excellent first half performance, with J’Neil Bennett (he has been excellent this pre-season) causing Enfield many problems out on the left flank. Although Enfield improved during the second half Spurs were still comfortably in control of the game. Our opponents on Tuesday – Hastings United play in the Isthmian League South East Division, one tier below Enfield Town. However, it will still be a very good test for the Spurs Under 23 side to play against a senior team. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Muir, Okedina (c), Kyezu, Matthew Craig, Santiago, Mundle, Markanday, Bennett, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Hackett, Cassanova, Michael Craig, Haysman, Robson, Mathurin.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 5-0.

My one to watch: Hastings United captain Sam Adams. The match on Tuesday is being played as a testimonial for Sam Adams, who has made 569 appearances for Hastings United.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Enfield Town: (match preview)

After beating non-League side Ramsgate FC 6-0 on Saturday afternoon, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side take on seventh tier (one tier above Ramsgate) side Enfield Town on Tuesday. The game which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm) is the third friendly meeting between the two sides in recent years, with Enfield Town winning the most recent friendly 2-0 back in 2019. Enfield Town actually have two Spurs connections at the club, in assistant manager Mario Noto, who used to play for Spurs’ youth team in the early 2000s, and also current player Billy Bricknell, who plays as a centre-forward, and who was also at Spurs in the 2000s. A physical and more experienced side than Ramsgate, Enfield Town will be a tougher test for Spurs tomorrow, which will help them prepare further for the new PL2 season. Spurs’ comfortable but impressive 6-0 win over Ramsgate last Saturday saw some excellent performances. Dilan Markanday was outstanding as a CAM (it will be interesting to see whether he gets a chance to play for the first team against Colchester United on Wednesday), and winger J’Neil Bennett was unstoppable going forward at times. However, the whole side played well. With the first team playing Colchester United in a friendly on Wednesday night, it will be interesting to see who plays for Spurs’ Under 23 side against Enfield on Tuesday. Kion Etete went off injured early on in Saturday’s game against Ramsgate, so I would imagine that he will be a doubt for tomorrow’s match at Enfield. With Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott with the first team, that could potentially give first year scholar and centre-forward Jamie Donley (16) a chance to make his debut for the Under 23 side.

I will be attending and reporting on tomorrow’s match, with my match report out at some point the following day. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Muir, Okedina (c), Hackett, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Santiago, Haysman, Bennett, Donley.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Kyezu, Cassanova, Davies, Mathurin, Mukendi. 

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Kion Etete.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Billy Bricknell (32). The experienced centre-forward and former Spurs youth player impressed in the last meeting between the two sides, especially with his hold up play and movement off the ball. Bricknell is also a clinical finisher.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Ramsgate FC: (match preview)

Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side will play their first game of pre-season on Saturday (the game starts at 15:00pm), when they travel to Kent to play Ramsgate FC at their newly refurbished WW Martin Community Stadium. Spurs play the Isthmian League South East Division side for the first time in a number of years, and it will be a good test for the Spurs Under 23 team, in what is their first of five pre-season friendlies this summer. Spurs’ first team are also playing on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Leyton Orient in their first match of pre-season, so that means that some of the players from the Under 23 side will be playing in that game rather than in the Ramsgate game. I have noticed on Spurs’ social media channels that Tobi Omole, Dane Scarlett, Harvey White, Kion Etete, Jubril Okedina and TJ Eyoma are just some of the players who have been training with the first team recently. Ramsgate play their football in the eighth tier of English football, one tier below our opponents next Tuesday – Enfield Town. Whilst I don’t know a great deal about Ramsgate’s side, I do know that it will be a good first test for Wayne Burnett’s side, and one which will hopefully also see some of the Spurs Under 18 side get minutes in. Although there is currently 31 players in our Under 23 side. Skilful former Gillingham forward Ashley Miller (26) is one player who could cause Spurs some problems on Saturday. This is a good opportunity for Spurs’ Under 23 side to test themselves against a physical senior team, and it should be a good competitive game in front of a good crowd.

I’m really looking forward to attending my first Spurs Under 23 game in person since March 2020, and of course I will be reporting back from the Ramsgate game, with my match report hopefully out at some point on Sunday. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Lavinier, Fagan-Walcott, Lyons-Foster (c), Cirkin, Devine, Michael Craig, Bennett, Pedder, Markanday, Mukendi.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Santiago, Mundle, Robson, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-1.

My one to watch: Skilful former Gillingham forward Ashley Miller (26).

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

Spurs’ Under 18’s final competitive game of the 2020/21 season will see them face Leicester City at their new training ground in Seagrave, on Friday (the game starts at 13:00pm). Matt Taylor’s Spurs side who are currently in sixth place in the Premier League South, can still achieve a fourth place finish if they beat Leicester today. Spurs recorded a 1-1 draw against Leicester in the reverse league fixture earlier in the season, but they have beaten the club from the English Midlands away from home during the two previous seasons. Leicester City have picked up 15 points from their 23 league games this season, and currently occupy 12th spot in the league, going into their final competitive game of the season. Leicester’s top scorer at this level – Will Russ, will definitely be a player that the Spurs defence will be aware of going into this game, while Terell Pennant is a player who has impressed against us at this level in recent seasons. A good 2020/21 season for the Spurs Under 18 side comes to an end today. It will be interesting to see whether some of the players from the level below, will step up to play for Matt Taylor’s side against Leicester. Jamie Donley has already played a good number of games for Spurs at this level this season. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for today’s match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Hayton, Cesay, Dorrington, Muir (c), Hackett, Michael Craig, Cassanova, Mathurin, Mundle, Santiago, Scarlett.

Subs from: Maguire, Kyezu, Haysman, Torraj, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: 1-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Leicester City forward Will Russ (18), who has scored seven Under 18 league goals from 16 appearances this season.

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

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcome Chelsea to Hotspur Way on Saturday morning (the game starts at 11:00am), for their penultimate league game of the season. Matt Taylor’s side can still finish in fourth place in the league (they are currently in fourth place). Spurs beat Norwich City 5-2 in the week, having come from two goals down to win that game. Seventh place Chelsea lost 6-1 when these sides met in the league in March in Cobham, so they will be looking to make up for that result on Saturday. Spurs were excellent during that game and Chelsea couldn’t deal with them going forwards, but Chelsea were missing their top scorer in the league this season on that day, Jude Soonsup-Bell, who could play against Spurs on Saturday. This will be a very competitive game of football, but it will be interesting to see whether Spurs start with Dane Scarlett and Alfie Devine, as the Spurs Under 23 side have a game against Manchester City the day before. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for this London derby.

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

Subs from: Maguire, Cassanova, Matthew Craig, Davies, Donley.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 6-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Chelsea forward Jude Soonsup-Bell (17), who has scored 14 goals from 14 league appearances for Chelsea at Under 18 level this season. 

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

After a long season which started back in September of last year, Spurs’ under 23 side will end their Premier League 2 season with a home game against champions Manchester City, at Hotspur Way on Friday (the game starts at 17:00pm). Still looking to finish as runners up to Manchester City in the league, Wayne Burnett’s side will finish in their highest ever position in the Premier League 2 regardless of what the result is tomorrow evening. Of course Spurs met Manchester City up in Manchester in their last game, last weekend. And Spurs played well in that game, even though they lost 4-1. Manchester City’s forwards were excellent last Friday, and top scorer Liam Delap (he has scored 21 league goals this season) had a very good game and his off the ball movement, as well as his skill on the ball impressed me throughout the game. Midfielder Tommy Doyle and also forwards Cole Palmer and James McAtee had very good games as well. Manchester City love to have the ball and they will look to frustrate the Spurs players with their passing game, but particularly during the second half of the reverse fixture, Spurs took the game to Manchester City more. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster scored a good goal from a set-piece, while Spurs also had a goal disallowed with the score at 3-1 to Manchester City last week. Stopping Manchester City from controlling the game will be the key to Spurs getting a result tomorrow, but on their day Spurs can beat any team at this level. This has been an excellent season for Spurs and whatever the result is tomorrow, the team can be proud of what they have achieved this season. I would like to wish them all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game.

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

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Paskotsi, Devine, Richards, Scarlett.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Josh Oluwayemi.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: 3-3.

My one to watch: Manchester City centre-forward Liam Delap (18), who has scored 21 goals from 19 Premier League 2 appearances this season. Delap is an excellent young centre-forward.

Spurs under 18’s versus Norwich City: (match preview)

Having not won a competitive game in their last four, Matt Taylor’s Spurs Under 18 side welcome Norwich City to Hotspur Way on Tuesday, in their latest league game (the game starts at 12:00pm). Spurs recently lost 3-1 away to West Brom last weekend, whilst Norwich lost 3-2 at home to Reading. In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Spurs beat Norwich 2-0, but with victories over league leaders Crystal Palace and also Arsenal this year for Norwich, returning to winning ways today won’t be easy. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Solberg, Muir, Dorrington, Paskotsi (c), Hackett, Matthew Craig, Michael Craig, Mathurin, Mundle, Santiago, Scarlett.

Subs from: Maguire, Torraj, Cassanova, Davies, Haysman.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Thimothee Lo-Tutala.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Norwich’s top scorer at this level this season – Thomas Dickson-Peters, who has scored nine league goals so far this season.