Southampton’s youngsters face Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup this evening. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tie.
What’s at stake?
Victory would see Saints progress passed the fifth round and into the quarter final of the FA Youth Cup – a feat they have failed to do twice in recent years, after suffering defeat to Nottingham Forest and Leicester City at this stage in 2012 and 2015 respectively.
Craig Fleming’s men head into the match in fine form, having won three of their last four outings. Two of those victories also came in the FA Youth Cup against opposition from the north west.
City are also in impressive form and defeated Liverpool (3-1) and Reading (4-0) to set up this tie. They also currently top the northern section of the Under-18 Premier League table by seven clear points.
Southampton’s last five:
Norwich (a) W 1-2
Wigan (a) W 1-2
West Ham (a) L 2-0
Manchester United (a) W 1-2
Aston Villa (a) D 1-1
Man City’s last five:
Wolves (a) D 0-0
Liverpool (h) W 3-1
Sunderland (h) W 2-0
Stoke (h) W 5-2
Reading (a) W 0-4
Did you know?
- Southampton captain Aaron O’Driscoll will be facing familiar foe this evening. The Republic of Ireland man spent two full seasons with Man City before making the switch down south.
- Man City Under-18s’ last loss across all competition was in November 2015 when they were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in the second leg of last year’s FA Youth Cup final.
- Saints have come back from 1-0 down to win both of their previous FA Youth Cup ties against Man United and Wigan 2-1.
- Manchester City's versatile midfielder, Colin Rösler, is the son of former Southampton striker Uwe.