Southampton’s youngsters take on Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup this evening. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tie.
What’s at stake?
Victory at the DW Stadium would see Saints move into the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup – a stage they last reached in 2015.
That year they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Leicester City, however progression this term would tee up an away trip to either Manchester City or Liverpool.
Saints come into the game having defeated Manchester United – historically the competition’s most successful side – 2-1 in the previous round. However, they suffered a 2-0 defeat away to West Ham in their most recent league fixture.
Wigan, who play in the North West Division of the EFL Youth Alliance league, defeated League Two side Exeter City 2-1 after extra time to set up the fourth round tie.
Southampton’s last five:
West Ham (a) L 2-0
Manchester United (a) W 1-2
Aston Villa (a) D 1-1
Tottenham (h) L 2-6
Chelsea (a) L 4-1
Wigan’s last five:
Tranmere Rovers (h) W 1-0
Exeter City (a) W 2-1
Burnley (h) L 3-4
Morecambe (h) D 1-1
Blackpool (a) D 2-2
Did you know?
- Wigan reached the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history last year, before being knocked out by Manchester City after extra time.
- The Latics were the visitors when St Mary’s welcomed back Premier League football in 2012. Wigan ran out 2-0 victors that day, with goals from Franco di Santo and Arouna Kone.
- Current Saints assistant manager Eric Black spent time at Wigan as assistant to Steve Bruce between 2007 and 2009. Uwe Rosler then brought him back for a second spell as first-team coach in 2014.