After a narrow and scintillating extra-time victory away to Charlton Athletic - which included a two-goal comeback - the defending FA Youth Cup champions come "home" to host Barnsley. The match is at Staines Town FC, rather than Cobham, but at least this way spectators can attend. This is now the fifth round proper of the FA Youth Cup, and the winners of this one go on to the quarterfinals and travel to face the winner of Derby County vs. Manchester City.
The Chelsea youth are of course no strangers to narrow victories. During last year's trophy-winning cup run they won two penalty shootouts (revealing the "next Frank Lampard" in Lewis Baker). And when they didn't win on penalties, they scraped by just the odd goal - including that amazing, improbable comeback from three down against Nottingham Forest - except in the final, when it mattered the most, when they absolutely destroyed Blackburn.
Many of the faces tonight should be familiar, as Adi Viveash looks to secure qualification into the next round. The younger members of the usual U21 league squads (so just about everybody, since Chelsea tend to field such young lineups) should all feature, including the likes Ake, Baker, Nditi, Davey, and maybe even Feruz as well.
Date/Time: Friday, February 15, 2013, 19:00 GMT; 2:00 P.M. EST; Jan.11 12:30 A.M. IST
Venue: Wheatsheaf Park, Staines-upon-Thames (home of Staines Town FC)
Online: Chelsea TV
Chelsea U18 starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Mitchell Beeney | Adam Nditi, Nathan Ake, Alex Davey, Andreas Christensen | Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker | Connor Hunte, Jeremie Boga, Alex Kiwomya | Reece Mitchell
Substitutes from: Jesse Starkey, Ben Killip, Dion Conroy, Fankaty Dabo, Chike Kandi