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Crystal Palace have become the first team to qualify for the end of season play-offs in the Professional Development League. They have a twelve point lead over both Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic in the south group.

1718 burnley conor mitchell 00 500x500Ipswich, theoretically, can catch Palace but Charlton, who have played a game more, can’t and that guarantees Palace a top two finish although in reality they are going to win the group by a big margin.

That second play-off place from the south group could still go to any number of teams and it might just be the same in the north group. Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday currently hold those top two positions but Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United, with games in hand, could still threaten Wednesday’s position in the top two.

Unfortunately, at the other end of the table, we weren’t able to close the gap on Barnsley on Good Friday. They lost 2-0 at Wednesday in the morning but we couldn’t pick up any points a couple of hours later when we were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United at Stocksbridge.

That leaves us still four points behind Barnsley with a game in hand. We both play the much improved Crewe this week. Until recently they were down at the bottom but now have a say this week. They are facing Barnsley at home this afternoon and travel to the Turf on Friday. We then play our game in hand next Monday at Colchester where we will be hoping to avenge that Premier League Cup defeat that ultimately saw us fail to reach the last sixteen.

The player featured this week is goalkeeper Conor Mitchell.

The League Tables are updated as results are confirmed and can be found with 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

Tuesday 27th March
Charlton 2 Crystal Palace 3

Wednesday 28th March
Nottingham Forest 2 Crewe 3

Thursday 29th March
Colchester 0 Cardiff 3
Watford 2 Ipswich 1

Friday 30th March
Sheffield United 1 Burnley 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Barnsley 0

Monday 2nd April
Sheffield United v Colchester – postponed

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Wednesday 4th April
Crewe v Barnsley
Ipswich v Cardiff

Thursday 5th April
Bolton v Watford
Charlton v Colchester

Friday 6th April
Burnley v Crewe
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield

Monday 9th April
Cardiff v Birmingham
Charlton v Bolton
Colchester v Burnley
Coventry v Crewe
Ipswich v Hull
Millwall v Leeds
QPR v Nottingham Forest
Watford v Sheffield United

LEADING GOALSCORERS

19: Connor Hall (Bolton)
15: Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry)
14: Tyler Smith (Sheffield United)
12: Mark Harris (Cardiff), Aramide Oteh (QPR), Lewis Reilly (Crewe)
11: Victor Adeboyejo (Barnsley), Michael Folivi (Watford), Virgil Gomis (Nottingham Forest), Levi Lumeka (Crystal Palace), Dion Pereira (Watford), Aaron Smith (Nottingham Forest)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS (League & Cups)

5: Dwight McNeil
4: Tinashe Chakwana
3: Tunde Bayode, Ntumba Massanka, Khius Metz, Jamie Thomas, Nahki Wells
2: Dan Agyei, Rahis Nabi, Christian N’Guessan
1: James Clarke, Harry Flowers, Fredrik Ulvestad, Oliver Younger

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Bolton Wanderers 25 15 2 8 46 34 47
Sheffield Wednesday 27 13 7 7 44 35 46
Nottingham Forest 25 10 9 6 51 47 39
Hull City 27 12 3 12 42 51 39
Sheffield United 25 12 2 11 44 37 38
Leeds 27 11 5 11 44 43 38
Huddersfield Town 26 10 5 11 42 43 35
Crewe Alexandra 24 9 4 11 34 41 31
Birmingham City 24 7 7 10 37 37 28
Barnsley 25 7 5 13 37 45 26
Burnley 24 6 4 14 24 49 22
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 24 16 2 7 56 28 50
Ipswich Town 24 11 5 8 50 35 38
Charlton Athletic 25 11 5 9 44 37 38
Coventry City 24 10 5 10 50 52 35
Queens Park Rangers 24 10 4 10 46 48 34
Cardiff City 24 10 4 10 36 40 34
Watford 23 9 5 9 43 34 32
Millwall 26 7 10 9 23 35 31
Colchester United 22 7 6 9 30 40 27
Bristol City 25 4 9 12 30 42 21
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