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1718 burnley aidan stone 00 500x500Burnley’s defeat at Bristol City two days ago in the Professional Development League has left us our under-23s in third place in the table, but that result enabled Leeds United the opportunity to win the northern group later that day and it was one they took.

Leeds won 2-0 at Colchester in an evening kick off and it has taken them eleven points clear of Birmingham, us and Bolton with none of us now able to catch them. Birmingham and ourselves have three games remaining while Bolton have just two to play while Crewe are the only other team able to claim a top two finish; they have one less point.

Ipswich have all but joined Leeds with the south group title. They currently have a lead of eight points over Crystal Palace with both sides having three games to play which leaves Ipswich, with their much superior goal difference, needing no more than one point to ensure finishing in first place. Coventry, with a game in hand, are three points behind Palace and it is almost certain one of those two will take the runners-up play-off place. Coventry are the only team to play in the next week; they have two games to try and get clear of Palace.

There are just five re-arranged fixtures as it takes a back seat for the Premier League Cup quarter-finals. The Everton v Sunderland game postponed in the last round, will be played on Friday with Blackburn awaiting the winners. Two quarter finals will also be played this Friday, including ours against Leeds, with one on Monday.

With our interest in that second place in the north group, it’s worth taking a look at the remaining fixtures for each of the teams who are in the running.

Birmingham: Cardiff (h), Bristol City (a), Hull (a)
Burnley: Nottingham Forest (a), Colchester (h), Charlton (a)
Bolton: Charlton (h), Cardiff (a)
Crewe: Coventry (h), Colchester (a)

The player featured this week is goalkeeper Aidan Stone. He spent the first half of the season out on loan at Lancaster but has played a number of under-23 games since returning in January.

The League Tables are updated as results are confirmed and are alongside our Fixtures and Results within U23/U18 Stats on the top menu.

Last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Thursday 21st March
Bristol City 1 Colchester 2

Friday 22nd March
Coventry 3 Nottingham Forest 0
Hull 1 Sheffield United 1
Millwall 0 Barnsley 0
QPR 1 Birmingham 4
Watford 0 Bolton 1

Monday 25th March
Bristol City 3 Burnley 2
Cardiff 1 Crewe 3
Charlton 2 Hull 1
Colchester 0 Leeds 2
Crystal Palace 3 Sheffield United 0

Tuesday 26th March
Ipswich 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

Friday 29th March
Bristol City v Coventry
Watford v Cardiff

Monday 1st April
Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest

Tuesday 2nd April
Sheffield United v Coventry
Charlton v Millwall

PREMIER LEAGUE CUP

Friday 29th March
Everton v Sunderland – outstanding game from Round of 16
Burnley v Leeds
Nottingham Forest v Swansea

Monday 1st April
Newcastle v Derby

LEADING GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE)

16: Dan Agyei (Burnley)
11: Tinashe Chakwana (Burnley), Aramide Oteh (QPR)
10: Oli Finney (Crewe), Michael Folivi (Watford)
9: Kian Flanagan (Crystal Palace),Ben Folami (Ipswich), Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull), Levi Lumeka (Crystal Palace), Kyle McFarlane (Birmingham), Lewis Reilly (Crewe), Mason Saunders-Henry (Millwall)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (LEAGUE & CUPS)

23: Dan Agyei
14: Tinashe Chakwana
5: Rob Harker, Dwight McNeil
4: Tunde Bayode, Marley Blair, Lewis Richardson
3: Jordan Cropper, Bobby Thomas
2: Josh Benson, Ali Koiki, own goals
1: Michael Fowler, Mark Howarth, Christian N’Guessan, Ne-Jai Tucker, Matěj Vydra, Nahki Wells, Oliver Younger

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 26 16 5 5 54 29 53
Birmingham City 25 12 6 7 41 22 42
Burnley 25 13 3 9 57 43 42
Bolton Wanderers 26 13 3 10 37 39 42
Crewe Alexandra 26 11 8 7 43 37 41
Barnsley 26 9 8 9 32 42 35
Sheffield Wednesday 25 9 5 11 32 45 32
Nottingham Forest 24 8 7 9 44 39 31
Sheffield United 25 8 7 10 33 40 31
Hull City 25 4 6 15 28 51 18
Team pld w d l f a pts
Ipswich Town 25 14 7 4 64 30 49
Crystal Palace 25 12 5 8 50 42 41
Coventry City 24 11 5 8 42 35 38
Millwall 25 10 6 9 30 27 36
Bristol City 25 10 5 10 42 43 35
Charlton Athletic 25 9 6 10 39 40 33
Queens Park Rangers 26 8 7 11 54 58 31
Cardiff City 25 7 7 11 37 38 28
Colchester United 26 6 2 18 30 72 20
Watford 23 5 4 14 26 43 19
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