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FA Youth Cup match pack: West Brom (A)

15 January 2015

Nottingham Forest's Under 18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign on Thursday night at The Hawthorns when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the fourth-round stage.

Kevin MacDonald's in-form side will be aiming to progress through to the fifth round where they could face either Burnley or Cardiff City at The City Ground.

Team news

The Reds have an almost fully-fit squad to choose from. Jack Kelly, Joe Worrall, Adam Crookes, Oliver Burke and Tyler Walker were notable absentees from Jimmy Gilligan's Under 21s squad against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday as they prepare to travel to the West Midlands.

Kevin MacDonald, assisted by Jack Lester, made five changes for the game against Sheffield United at the weekend and must decide whether to stick or twist with the likes of Tim Erlandsson, Oliver Burke and Gerry McDonagh all battling for recalls.

West Brom should have midfielder Samir Nabi available after his fine performance in the third round saw him net four goals as the West Midlands outfit beat Torquay United 8-1 at The Hawthorns.

The 18-year-old is likely to line up alongside his brother Adil Nabi for The Baggies.

View from the Red corner

Right-back Ryan Yates: "I'm really looking forward to it, it should be an extremely good game. We're in a rich vein of form at the moment which is always a plus and defensively we're getting stronger.

"Our wingers were excellent [in the weekend's win over Sheffield United] and Tyler Walker put one away with a great strike. We're playing with consistency."

What's the form guide?

Forest head into Thursday night's tie in great form having won all of their last five league and cup fixtures. Goals from Tyler Walker and top-scorer Kasheme Walton saw The Reds cruise to a 2-0 success over Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon, despite going down to ten men following Andreas Karo's red card.

Forest's Under 18s last tasted defeat on October 25, a run which has seen them victorious in six of their last seven matches.

The hosts West Brom are also in good form after winning four of their last six competitive fixtures, most notably a 2-0 win away at Arsenal.

They triumphed in the East Midlands in their last game beating Leicester City 2-1 thanks to a close-range strike from Danny Barbir and a late own-goal from Foxes' midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

Are tickets available?

Tickets for tonight's game at The Hawthorns are priced at £5 for adults and £1 concessions and payment should be made on arrival at the turnstiles.

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