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Burnley are at home against Birmingham City next Saturday morning in the U18 Professional Development League Cup and the same opposition will be back before the end of the year with us having been drawn to play each other in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

We’ve been drawn against a team in the same league as ourselves and one that is currently five points clear of the league with 27 points from twelve games, that’s ten points ahead of us and from one game less played.

Their only defeat this season in the league came two weeks ago against Barnsley, the team currently in second place, and our one game against them this season, a Birmingham, ended in a 3-0 defeat.

However, we’ll be hoping to progress in the cup competition and a win would at least equal our run last season. We beat Norwich 7-6 on penalties in the third round after a 2-2 draw but then were so unfortunate to go out against West Ham in the next round, losing the game 1-0 against a team that went on to score a further nineteen goals in the competition, ending with a 5-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the final to lift the trophy.

The competition this season is open to players born on or after 1st September 2005 and before 1st September 2008. All the ties in the third round are to be played by Saturday, 16th December with kick off for the game at 7 p.m. unless mutually agreed otherwise between the two clubs. Last season, the two ties were both played at the Lancashire FA County Ground at Leyland and is the likely venue for this season’s tie against Birmingham.

The Full Draw

Harrogate v Brighton
Sheffield United v Cheltenham or Dorking Wanderers
Cardiff v Fulham
Luton v Swindon
Everton v Leighton Town or Stockport
Sheffield Wednesday v Hemel Hempstead Town or Exeter
Burton or Chester-Le-Street v Aston Villa
Morecambe or Fleetwood v Liverpool
Reading or Forest Green v Rotherham
Wolves v QPR
Burnley v Birmingham
West Ham v Southampton
Plymouth v Crystal Palace
Grimsby v Nottingham Forest
Brentford v Tottenham
Leicester v Chelsea
Barnsley or Bradford City v Lincoln or Walsall
Arsenal v Crewe
West Brom v Bournemouth
Huddersfield v Erith & Belvedere or Charlton
Wimbledon or Stevenage v Blackburn
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Watford v Manchester City
Newcastle v Leyton Orient or Tring Athletic
Ipswich v Swansea
Norwich v Leeds
Millwall v Barking
Bristol City v Stoke
Fylde or Accrington v Hull
Manchester United v Bolton or Derby
Preston v Coventry
Gillingham or Eastleigh v Oxford or Sutton

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