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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CHELSEA UNDER-18s v CITY UNDER-18s

14 January 2020

City's Under-18s continue their 2019/20 FA Youth Cup campaign tomorrow evening, travelling to category-one Chelsea. 

Mark Trueman's side secured their place in the fourth round with a penalty shoot-out victory over Stoke City - before the turn of the year. 

The young Bantams are looking to return to winnings ways against the in-form Blues - who have won the competition for seven of the past 10 years. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of all the key information you need ahead of tomorrow's 7.00pm clash.

PYROTECHNICS & BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited.

Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time.

Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

THE STADIUM 

The game will be contested at Aldershot Town's EBB Stadium. 

Chelsea's youth, development and reserve sides have been contesting games at the ground since 2013, having previously playing there from 2004 to 2007. 

The young Blues also contest games at AFC Wimbledon's Cherry Red Records Stadium. 

The 7,100-capacity stadium has been been home to the Shots since their founding in 1992 and has also hosted England Under-17 and Reading Reserves matches. 

The EBB Stadium 

High Street

Aldershot

Hampshire

GU11 1TW

TICKETS 

Supporters are asked to pay for their admission to tonight's clash on the turnstiles with seating at the venue is set to be unreserved. 

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults - £3

Concessions - £1

THE OPPONENTS

Chelsea's under-18s side are managed by Ed Brand - a former Chelsea youth defender who captained the side in the FA Youth Cup. 

Brand was appointed under-18s head coach last year after joining the academy in a coaching capacity in 2008. 

The young Blues reached the third round of last season's competition - where they were beaten 4-3 by eventual winners Manchester United. Former Bantams academy prospect Mason Greenwood netted a hat-trick for the Red Devils. 

This defeat ended Chelsea's five-year dominance in the competition. The side have won the FA Youth Cup seven times in the past 10 years. 

The West-Londoners have won 15 of their past 19 matches and sit three points top of the Under-18 Premier League South division. 

They booked their place in the fourth-round with a routine 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on December 18. 

FORM GUIDE

City's under-18s will be looking to return to winning ways upon their trip to London. 

Mark Trueman's boys began the New Year with a 4-2 defeat to Rotherham United, which followed their FA Youth Cup third-round triumph. 

Despite winning 15 of their previous 19 fixtures, the young Blues have dropped seven points in their last five games. 

At the weekend, they were beaten 2-1 by West Ham United, leaving them two games without a victory. 

City: LWLWWW

Chelsea: LDWWDW

THE LAST ROUND

City booked their place in the fourth round with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over category-one Stoke City. 

Having been 2-0 up at half-time, the Bantams were pegged back but then rallied to take the affair to spot-kicks, where they prevailed. 

Bradford City Under-18s 3 (Eliot Goldthorp 34’ pen, 117' pen, Charlie Wood 44’)

Stoke City Under-18s 3 (Mohamed Sankoh 47', Andre Godfrinne 71', Tom Sparrow 115')

Thursday December 12th 2019

Attendance: 297

City: Jack Barrett; Harvey Rowe (Oliver Norman 94’), Reece Staunton © (booked 113’), Jorge Sikora, Finn Cousin-Dawson; Kian Scales, Eliot Goldthorp, Charlie Wood; Wade Ripley (Raj Palit 83’), Connor Morris, Dan Francis. Subs (not used): Harvey Ormerod, Luke Harrop, Yahaya Tunkara, Sonny Whittingham.

Stoke: Nathan Broom; Kieran Coates, Edward Jones, Daniel Maloney (Andre Godfrinne 71’), Connor Taylor; Lewis Macari, Soiyir Sanali (Reece Jones 45’), Adam Porter, Mohamed Sankoh; Ethon O’Driscoll-Varian (Josh Ireland 71’), Patrick Jarrett (Tom Sparrow 115’). Subs (not used): Paul Cooper, Tom Sparrow, Mohamed Akanoji, Ruben Gardner-McIntosh. 

MATCH COVERAGE

The club's official social media channels and website will be providing preview content with Mark Trueman and members of his side ahead of the encounter. 

Full match coverage and reaction with follow the game - with thoughts again from Trueman, link professional development phase coach Conor Sellars and members of the young Bantams squad. 

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will be in their home colours of claret and amber for their trip south, while their hosts will be in their all royal blue home strip. 

City: Claret and Amber Stripes / Black with Amber Detail / Black with Amber Detail

Chelsea: Blue / Blue / Blue

WEATHER

A dry night will be in store for the encounter with temperatures of around 7°C expected.


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