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FA Youth Cup preview | Birmingham City (A)

Luton Town U18s face Birmingham City U18s at St Andrew's Stadium in the FA Youth Cup Third Round on Monday evening (19th December).


The Hatters reached the quarter finals of the competition back in 2016 but since have been unable to progress past the third round.

The winner of the tie at St Andrew's will host either Tottenham Hotspur or Queens Park Rangers, with that match to be played by Saturday 21st January.

The teams:

Alan McCormack’s side sit top of the EFL South-East Youth Alliance table, having lost just one of their 14 matches – scoring 59 goals in the process, five of which came against most recent opponents Gillingham.

Birmingham find themselves in good form as well. They come into the match on the back of three consecutive wins against Crewe Alexandra, Coventry City and Wigan Athletic – winning every match by a one-goal margin. The young Blues are sixth in the U18 Professional Development League North Division and are looking to progress to the Fourth Round for the first time in three seasons.

The players:

Claude Kayibanda - “It’s a great competition. I’m glad to be in it and involved. Obviously there are fans there so that’ll be great to see as many as possible but it’s about the game and not the fans. It’s about what we do on the pitch. I’ll just try and seize the moment. It is going to be a great experience for me to be involved in the FA Youth Cup.”

Tyrell Giwa - “It’s the biggest competition I would have played in. I just hope we can transfer our league form to the cup and get a good result. I’m looking forward to it. If I happen to get in the starting squad, it’ll be great to see fans which is a new experience for me.”

How to follow:

Supporters can attend the match at St Andrew’s Stadium. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

If you are unable to travel to Birmingham, updates from the match will be shared live on our official Twitter account.

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