The Clarets launch their FA Youth Cup bid tonight – with coach Danny Cadamarteri admitting his side is champing at the bit.
Burnley face Leeds United in a third-round tie at Turf Moor (kick-off 7pm), having beaten the Yorkshire side 2-1 in the Professional Development League on Saturday.
That result took the Clarets top of the table, but it’s likely to be a much-changed side on Monday evening when Cadamarteri - a previous winner of the competition - will have a strong hand to pick from.
The Under-18s’ coach, who was a scoring member of the Everton side that beat Blackburn Rovers in the 1998 final, said: “We went away to Prague in the summer and played in a tournament there, but even then the lads were saying ‘we can’t wait for the Youth Cup’.
“That was pre-season, so everyone of the lads have been itching to get tucked into this tournament.
“It’s been mentioned on a number of occasions and the lads who have been up in the under-23s have been chipping away at me and saying ‘we’ll be back for the Youth Cup, we’re available’, so they are all looking forward to it.
“It’s a great tournament – one I have great memories of – and we are going into the game in good shape after a couple of decent results.
“It’s an opportunity for the lads to play at Turf Moor, where ultimately they all want to go on and play, and, of course, we want to get through.
“It should be a close contest, but it’s a tie where we really fancy our chances. It’s an exciting game for us.”
Cadamarteri’s side has won its last three league games to go back to the top of the northern section of the league.
The line-up that beat Leeds at the weekend contained several under-16s, who are likely to make way for more senior players with Ollie Younger, James Clarke, Scott Wilson and Dwight McNeil, who have all been involved at U23 level, likely to figure.
However, they will not have Cadamarteri in the dug-out as Burnley look to progress in a competition which saw them reach the last four in 2012.
John Townson will help lead the Clarets
The former England under-21 international is attending an elite coaching course, which dictates a 100 per cent attendance record.
But he is confident the side will be in safe hands, with Under-23s boss and last season’s youth coach Michael Duff stepping in to help the existing staff, including right-hand man John Townson, who oversaw Saturday’s win.
“When myself and the club signed up to be on this award, we didn’t know when the Youth Cup dates would come out,” explained Cadamarteri.
“Unfortunately, it’s come out when I’m on a residential Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, which is a real sickener for me, personally.
“But, I think we’ve done enough work and preparation as a squad and as a team of coaching staff.
“We give them a snippet from the touchline, but they have to go out across the line and deliver. The biggest impact will be on the pitch.”
Admission to tonight's game in the Bob Lord Stand will be £4 adults, £2 concessions and a £1 for season ticket holders of both clubs.