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The fixtures are being released for the 2020/21 season in Premier League 2 and the U18 Premier League, two leagues Burnley will be playing in for the first time having been granted Category Status within EPPP for the first time.

Leeds and Crystal Palace have stepped up to Category 1 alongside us while Swansea have taken the decision to drop down due to the costs of running a Category 1 academy estimated by their club at around £3 million. It has left 13 clubs in each division. In Premier League 2, for the under-23s, there are first and second divisions with promotion and relegation. The U18 Premier League has north and south divisions with West Brom moving from north to south to balance the leagues which are 13 in each division.

The opening fixtures will be played around the weekend of Saturday 12th September. The under-18 games are most likely to be played on the Saturday of each weekend while under-23 games are more likely to be played on Friday or Monday.

We have been given away games to kick off in both leagues, at Wolves for the under-23s and at Stoke for the under-18s

The First Week’s Fixtures

Premier League 2 Division 1
Arsenal v Southampton
Chelsea v West Ham
Leicester v Manchester United
Liverpool v Everton
Manchester City v Derby
Tottenham v Brighton
Free date: Blackburn

Premier League 2 Division 2
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Newcastle v Middlesbrough
Norwich v Reading
Stoke v Leeds
West Brom v Aston Villa
Wolves v Burnley
Free date: Sunderland

U18 Premier League North
Derby v Sunderland
Everton v Blackburn
Leeds v Middlesbrough
Manchester United v Liverpool
Stoke v Burnley
Wolves v Manchester City
Free date: Newcastle

U18 Premier League South
Arsenal v Southampton
Aston Villa v Leicester
Brighton v Chelsea
Crystal Palace v Fulham
West Brom v Norwich
West Ham v Tottenham
Free date: Reading

Although our coverage of the under-23 and under-18 teams cannot be as comprehensive as in previous seasons due to not being able to attend the games, Up the Clarets will continue to feature these two teams as much as possible with news of the games and results along with a weekly review of the leagues.

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