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FA Youth Cup match pack: Burnley (H)

26 January 2015

Nottingham Forest's Under 18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign when they take on Burnley at The City Ground in the last 16 on Tuesday night (kick-off 7pm).

Kevin MacDonald's well-drilled men will be looking to progress to the last eight of the competition where they could host Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur.

Season ticket holders can gain free entry to tomorrow night's FA Youth Cup tie against Burnley on production of their season ticket book at the turnstiles.

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The Reds have a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the fifth-round clash. Kevin MacDonald and fellow coach Jack Lester made ten changes to the side for Friday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at The Nigel Doughty Academy.

The pair must decide whether to rotate again with the likes of Matty Cash, Joe Worrall, Oliver Burke, Tyler Walker and Gerry McDonagh all vying for recalls. A number of Forest's Under 18s were involved in a testing friendly for Jimmy Gilligan's Under 21s away to Tottenham Hotspur last week in preparation for Tuesday night's tie.

Burnley should have Bradley Jackson available after impressing in their 3-1 victory over Cardiff City in the fourth round. The winger made a name for himself in the 2012-13 season featuring in the Clarets' team that beat Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup at Old Trafford.

The visitors will have pace in the final third if they opt to include striker Khius Metz. The Republic of Ireland youth international smashed the 20-year-old school record for the 200-metre sprint previously held by ex-athlete and Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell.

View from the Red corner

Jack Lester: "They’re very excited. With these kind of games it’s a case of reining them in a little bit, but the more fans they play in front of the better. They’d love that.

"These games are treated like first-team games. Because they’re in a stadium it always feels a little bit different. It’s a chance to show how good they are and how far they’ve come."

What's the form guide?

Nottingham Forest head into Tuesday night's tie in fine fettle having remained unbeaten for three months. The Reds were last defeated on October 25, a run which has seen them win seven and draw two of the nine games since.

Elvis Otim's 89th-minute penalty rescued a point for Kevin MacDonald's heavily-rotated Under 18s side as they fought until the death to maintain their great run in the 1-1 draw against Birmingham City last Friday.

Forest progressed through to the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup thanks to a stunning second-half hat-trick from Tyler Walker against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns earlier in the month.

Burnley will also be heading to The City Ground with confidence after winning all of their last three games, including an emphatic 6-0 victory on their travels over Carlisle United.

Goals from Bradley Jackson, Brandon Wilson and Jamie Frost saw the Lancashire outfit to a 3-1 triumph in the previous round against Cardiff City at Turf Moor.

Are tickets available?

Season ticket holders can gain free entry to the FA Youth Cup fifth-round tie against Burnley on production of their season ticket book at the turnstiles.

Admission to non-season ticket holders is priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions (under 18s and over 65s) and parking is available in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

Who else is playing?

Chelsea v Swansea City
Manchester City v Stoke City
Liverpool v Birmingham City
Southampton v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
Arsenal v Crewe Alexandra
Sunderland v Newcastle United

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