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This week’s review of Premier League 2 has to kick off with congratulations to Leeds United who secured the title and promotion to Division 1 last Friday when they beat Aston Villa 2-1.

They’ve been on a remarkable run, winning 13 of their last 14 games and they now sit a massive 12 points ahead of second place Stoke ahead of today’s games with Stoke at least being guaranteed a play-off spot.

The big question is who will join Stoke in those play-offs? As it stands, all but the bottom four will think they are in with a chance. Right now, the places are held by us, Wolves and Middlesbrough but it is going to be tough for us to retain that place. We’ve only one game to play and that will be at Leeds next month. We will know more ahead of our final game, on 3rd May, while we keep an eye on the results of the teams just below us.

We kept our hopes alive with last week’s win at Reading but whatever happens in the remaining games, I think it is creditable that we’ve won ten of our games in what is our first ever season at this level even though a failure to qualify is likely to be greeted with anything but positivity by coach Steve Stone.

We’ve also learned in the last week that Manchester City have clinched the Division 1 title and what a way to do it, beating Manchester United last Friday. They had to wait three days for it to be confirmed and that came when second place Blackburn could only draw with Liverpool.

The bottom two met in Division 1. Leicester kicked off just one point ahead of Southampton but they extended that lead and moved ahead of West Ham on goal difference having recorded a 7-1 win which included a hat trick for Jacob Wakeling and another goal for the longest named scorer in the league this season, Thanawat Suengchitthawon.

The player featured this week is right-back Marcel Elva-Fountaine. Now aged 20, he was signed from Reading last summer.

The League Tables  and our Fixtures and Results are both within U23/U18 Stats which can be found on the top menu.

All of last week’s results, this week’s fixtures, the leading goalscorers, our goalscorers and the current league tables are all below.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Division 1

Friday 16th April
Brighton 3 Derby 1
Manchester City 3 Manchester United 0

Sunday 18th April
Tottenham 1 Chelsea 4

Monday 19th April
Blackburn 2 Liverpool 2
Leicester 7 Southampton 1
West Ham 2 Everton 1

Division 2

Friday 16th April
Aston Villa 1 Leeds 2
Middlesbrough 1 Fulham 0
Norwich 2 Sunderland 3
Reading 0 Burnley 2

Monday 19th April
Stoke 2 Newcastle 1
Wolves 1 West Brom 1

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 23rd April
Blackburn v Derby
Manchester United v Chelsea
Tottenham v Liverpool
West Ham v Manchester City

Saturday 24th April
Everton v Brighton

Monday 26th April
Leicester v Arsenal

Division 2

Friday 23rd April
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa
West Brom v Stoke

Monday 26th April
Fulham v Leeds
Newcastle v Crystal Palace

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

20: Liam Delap (Manchester City)
12: Connor McBride (Blackburn)

11: Cole Palmer (Manchester City)
10: Joe Hugill (Manchester United)
9: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal), Nathan Broadhead (Everton), Kion Etete (Tottenham), Felix Nmecha (Manchester City), Jacob Wakeling (Leicester)
8: Teddy Jenks (Brighton), Ademipo Odubeko (West Ham), Ellis Simms (Everton), Jack Stretton (Derby)

Division 2

12: Louie Barry (Aston Villa)
11: Fabio Carvalho (Fulham), Joe Gelhardt (Leeds), Josh Hawkes (Sunderland)
10: Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), Max Thompson (Burnley), Jean-Pierre Tiehi (Fulham)
9: Sam Greenwood (Leeds), Ethan Varian (Stoke)
8: Joel Mumbongo (Burnley)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

10: Max Thompson
8: Joel Mumbongo
6: Lewis Richardson
2: Ashley Barnes, Rob Harker, Anthony Gomez Mancini, Ryan Viggars
1: Dara Costelloe, Owen Dodgson, Richard Nartey, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester City 21 14 5 2 68 28 47
Blackburn 21 10 7 4 46 34 37
Chelsea 21 10 6 5 43 30 36
Tottenham 21 10 5 6 39 33 35
Liverpool 21 9 4 8 43 44 31
Derby 21 9 3 9 36 42 30
Everton 21 8 5 8 34 27 29
Brighton 23 7 8 8 35 41 29
Manchester United 21 8 4 9 47 52 28
Arsenal 21 6 6 9 33 38 24
Leicester 21 6 2 13 38 50 20
West Ham 21 5 5 11 28 44 20
Southampton 22 4 4 14 29 56 16
Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 22 17 1 4 56 26 52
Stoke 21 13 1 7 39 29 40
Burnley 23 10 4 9 36 36 34
Wolves 21 9 5 7 35 29 32
Middlesbrough 21 9 4 8 38 30 31
Crystal Palace 21 9 3 9 41 37 30
Sunderland 21 9 3 9 39 39 30
Reading 21 9 1 11 33 50 28
Aston Villa 21 8 3 10 42 42 27
Fulham 22 8 2 12 36 45 26
Norwich 21 7 3 11 28 32 24
West Brom 20 6 3 11 32 43 21
Newcastle 21 6 3 12 27 44 21
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