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Aston Villa v Man City U18: Key battles

NMECHA: City's striker competes for the ball at the Red Bull Arena

NMECHA: City's striker competes for the ball at the Red Bull Arena

Manchester City travel to Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday looking to reach the semi-final but where will it be decided?

Having seen off Reading, Liverpool and Southampton, City will be looking to reach the final four where they will face either Preston or Stoke.

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Joel Latibeaudiere v Kelsey Mooney

City's captain and central defender Latibeaudiere lifted the U18 Premier League North trophy on Saturday but will be fully concentrated on Wednesday if his words after the final whistle are to be believed.

The 17-year-old's positioning and strength in the tackle have made him a formidable barrier in City's excellent defence that has conceded just one goal on the cup run so far this season.

He'll be up against a young striker bang in form, with 9 goals in the U18 Premier League this season for a mid-table side. Mooney signed his first professional contract with Villa earlier this month and this match up will be a battle of two players with very bright futures.

Lukas Nmecha v Johan Abdoul

At the other end of the pitch, City striker Nmecha has become more used to playing against men this season, having starred for the Premier League 2 side. However, as one of many that join up with the U18 squad for the Youth Cup, Nmecha's relative experience and know how should stand him in good stead.

Physically powerful and always alert in the box, Nmecha has been lethal in front of goal throughout his rise through City's ranks. He'll face French defender Johan Abdoul, who has become a crucial member at the heart of the defence for Villa's U23 side.

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