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FA Youth Cup match pack: Tottenham (H)

18 February 2015

Nottingham Forest's Under 18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign with a quarter-final tie against Tottenham Hotspur at The City Ground this evening (kick-off 7pm).

Kevin MacDonald's youngsters have conquered Milton Keynes Dons, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley to get to this stage of the competition, while Tottenham Hotspur have seen off Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United.

The winners will face Chelsea over two legs in the semi-finals.

Team news

The Reds have a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of tonight's crucial encounter. Oliver Burke is in contention to play after featuring for the first team as a second-half substitute in the thrilling 4-4 draw against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon.

MacDonald, assisted by Jack Lester, could be tempted to name an unchanged starting line-up for the third FA Youth Cup match in a row after naming the same side for the games against West Bromwich Albion and Burnley.

The likes of Matty Cash, Adam Crookes and Tyler Walker will be battling for recalls after not being involved in last Friday's 5-1 thumping of Sheffield United in South Yorkshire.

Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to have attacker Ismail Azzaoui available who has notched five goals in the competition so far, including an excellent hat-trick in the third round success over Blackburn Rovers.

The visitors should also have Joshua Onomah fit for selection. The midfielder has impressed for the North London outfit this season, earning himself a brief cameo in the first team, replacing Andros Townsend for the last 15 minutes of their FA Cup third-round victory over Burnley at White Hart Lane in January.

View from the Red corner

Gary Brazil: "We're welcome a club that run a fine academy. Their Academy Manager John McDermott is doing a wonderful job, identifying and developing young players for the elite end of the game.

"We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to pit our wits against them. Our coaches Kevin MacDonald, Jack Lester and Steve Sutton have done a magnificent job and we have taken notable scalps in previous rounds."

What's the form guide?

Forest head into the quarter-final in superb form. They are unbeaten in 12 games, winning ten of them. The Reds were last defeated on October 25 and since then they have scored an average of 2.5 goals a game.

Their latest win came last Friday when a Luke Thomas hat-trick helped them to a 5-1 win over Sheffield United.

Goals from the in-form Tyler Walker and Oliver Burke saw off Burnley in the fifth round of the competition at The City Ground with a 2-0 triumph.

Tottenham come to The City Ground following a mixed bag of results in recent weeks. The Premier League side have lost three of their last four league fixtures, most notably a 3-2 defeat away to West Bromwich Albion, who Forest eased past in the fourth round thanks to a Walker treble.

John McDermott's men beat Manchester United 3-1 at White Hart Lane in the last round with two goals from Anthony Georgiou, adding to another Ismail Azzaoui strike.

Are tickets available?

Season ticket holders can gain free entry but tickets must be bought in advance either in-person by presenting their season ticket at the ticket office, online at or via the booking line using their customer number.

For non-season ticket holders and on the day sales, admission is priced £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.

Tickets claimed over the phone or online will be available to collect in advance of the game or from the Main Stand ticket collection windows on matchday.

All supporters need a ticket to gain entry into the ground and cash entry will not be permitted at the turnstiles.

Who else is playing?

Leicester City v Birmingham City
Manchester City v Arsenal/Crewe Alexandra

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