Preston U18s v Stoke City U18s FA Youth Cup Preview

Preston North End’s U18s play host to Stoke City’s U18s on Monday night in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final.

This is the first year North End have reached this stage of the competition for in excess of 50 years, but the Potters are also in the last eight for the first time since 1984.

The home side are on a good run of form so far this year, just one defeat so far in 2017, whilst Stoke are sat eighth in the U18 Northern Premier League table.

Preston’s youngsters have played their last three Youth Cup fixtures at Deepdale, beating Sheffield United, Everton, and most recently a 3-2 win over Wimbledon in extra-time at the beginning of February.

The Potters side are classed as a category one academy, compared to Preston’s category three academy, but that won’t deter Nick Harrison’s side after already beating fellow category one academy Everton in the fourth round.

Stoke’s progression to the quarter-finals has included two penalty shoot out victories, the first coming after a 2-2 draw with West Ham in the third round, followed by a 2-2 draw with Brighton in the last round, these came either side of a 4-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the fourth round.

The winner of this tie will face Manchester City over two legs in the semi-final, the first leg to be played by March 18 before a second leg which is to be played by April 8.

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