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The Academy of Football’s 2020/21 FA Youth Cup adventure continues on Friday evening, when West Ham United U18s host Arsenal U18s at Rush Green Stadium.
And despite the fifth-round tie being played behind-closed-doors in east London, you, the Claret and Blue Army, can still show the youth team your support by watching it LIVE on the West Ham YouTube channel and whufc.com!
Kicking off at 7pm on Friday, the young Hammers – managed by lead coach Kevin Keen – will be looking to secure progression to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2004/05.
Standing in their way are a talented Arsenal U18s team, managed by Ken Gillard and currently placed seventh in the U18 Premier League South table.
Both teams won their home league games against the other earlier in the season, with West Ham defeating Arsenal 3-2 at Little Heath Sports Ground back in October courtesy of goals from Jayden Fevrier, Archie Woods and Kai Corbett.
The winners of Friday’s tie will face a trip to either Leicester City’s King Power Stadium or Liverpool’s Anfield in the quarter-finals.
West Ham U18s reached the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup last month with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Norwich City U18s at Carrow Road.
That win followed a tense penalty shoot-out victory over Luton Town U18s in third round, the Hammers triumphing 6-5 on spot-kicks following a 3-3 draw after extra-time at Kenilworth Road.
West Ham have won the prestigious FA Youth Cup on three occasions previously – 1963, 1981 and 1999 – while also finishing as runners-up in four further seasons. Their last medals from the competition came courtesy of a resounding 9-0 victory over Coventry across a two-legged final in 1999.
Manchester City are this season’s defending champions.
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