If you want to see title-challenging Chelsea entertain Wigan at Stamford Bridge on Monday night you can expect to fork out between £40 and £65 for the privilege, but tonight you can watch a cup final there for free as Chelsea host Manchester City in the first leg of the climax of the FA's youth tournament. The second leg will take place in Manchester on 16th April.
If you can make it in time for tonight's 7pm kickoff you can expect to join ten to fifteen thousand others in witnessing the Blues' next generation of talent, the most exciting prospect arguably being no. 10, Gael Kakuta, a left-footed French U-17 international midfielder acquired from Lens who has pace, balance and a shot that nearly takes the back of the net off. Slovakian Miroslav Stoch also has an eye for goal as he demonstrated in an earlier round against Leicester.
Manchester City have brought on quite a few youngters into their first team in recent times, noticeably full England international Micah Richards, but their current youth star is another Slovakian, maverick talent Vladimir Weiss, who has been compared to Chelsea's 70s winger Charlie Cooke as well as a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. Londonist, however, has been following the career of striker Daniel Sturridge ever since being very impressed with him in the same England Under 17 game where James Tomkins, who has just made his West Ham first team debut, initially came to our attention. Sturridge has played twice for City's main side and scored on both occasions, including a stunning volley against Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
If you can't get to the ground Chelsea TV is covering proceedings from 6pm.
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