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The U18 Premier League gets back underway tomorrow following the international break and, ahead of the fixtures, we take a look at the current situation in the league with Burnley losing their most recent game 2-1 at Newcastle.

In the North Division, it was really all about Sunderland who went into their game at Blackburn two weeks ago in bottom place and without a point. They came out of it with a 2-2 draw and a first point of the season.

It goes beyond that. On 6th April 2019, yes that’s 2019 and not April of this year, a Ryan Gooch goal eight minutes into stoppage time gave them a 3-3 draw at Manchester United. That, prior to two weeks ago was their most recent point. Since, they had recorded 25 successive league defeats at this level so congratulations to them and in particular to Luke Chapman and Ellis Taylor who scored their goals at Brockhall.

They are still bottom, of course, and even further away from moving up a place because they started the day with Newcastle in next to bottom place but their win against us has moved them up a couple of places leaving Blackburn in that position just ahead of Sunderland.

We were confident of a third successive win but two first half Newcastle goals ended that although we did pull one goal back through Joe McGlynn (pictured) midway through the second half and by all accounts were unfortunate not to get a point.

Even so, we are seventh in the table, ahead of Derby on goal difference. We are just one point behind Everton who, if you recall, beat us 3-2 recently after we’d led 2-0 before having a player sent off.

There is no doubt though that we have a tough game this weekend with Middlesbrough our visitors at Leyland. They are currently second in the table, just a point behind leaders Manchester City.

If this article headlined with Sunderland then poor Leicester must be worth a mention in the south. On 24th October they were beaten 1-0 at Crystal Palace, and it is worth mentioning that Palace currently head the table in the south in their first season at this level.

Back to Leicester. They have played seven games this season and lost all seven. I’ve referred to the Palace defeat because of it being a close scoreline.  In the game before that, Leicester had been beaten 8-2 by Southampton; since they have recorded defeats of 7-1 at Brighton and most recently 8-1 at Chelsea.

West Brom are next to bottom with one point. They’ve conceded 19 goals, the second worst in the entire league, north and south. Leicester have now conceded a total of 33 goals in seven games. I know of someone who would have referred to that of throwing one in, and more than once.

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

All last week’s results and this week’s fixtures are below  along with our goalscorers and the current league tables.

RECENT RESULTS

North

Saturday 31st October
Burnley 3 Leeds 2
Liverpool 4 Newcastle 1
Middlesbrough 2 Everton 0
Stoke v Blackburn – ,match postponed

Tuesday 3rd November
Everton v Leeds – match postponed

Saturday 7th November
Blackburn 2 Sunderland 2
Derby 0 Stoke 1
Leeds 0 Manchester City 2
Manchester United 2 Everton 0
Newcastle 2 Burnley 1
Wolves 1 Liverpool 1

Friday 13th November
Middlesbrough 1 Manchester United 4

South

Saturday 31st October
Arsenal 5 Norwich 1
Brighton 7 Leicester 1
Crystal Palace 1 Reading 0
Southampton 0 Fulham 2

Saturday 7th November
Aston Villa 3 Southampton 3
Brighton 2 West Brom 1
Chelsea 8 Leicester 1
Norwich 0 Tottenham 2
West Ham 1 Crystal Palace 2

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

North

Saturday 21st November
Burnley v Middlesbrough
Everton v Derby
Liverpool v Leeds
Newcastle v Blackburn
Stoke v Manchester United

South

Saturday 21st November
Arsenal v Fulham
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Leicester v West Brom
Norwich v Brighton
Reading v West Ham
Tottenham v Southampton

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

5: Sam Unwin
4: Joe McGlynn
2: Jake Rooney
1: Michael Mellon, Dylan Moonan, Kade Ratchford, Ben Woods

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester City 7 5 2 0 14 5 17
Middlesbrough 8 5 1 2 19 11 16
Liverpool 7 5 0 2 21 8 15
Manchester United 6 5 0 1 18 5 15
Wolves 7 5 0 2 13 10 15
Everton 7 3 1 3 11 13 10
Burnley 8 3 0 5 15 18 9
Derby 6 3 0 3 9 13 9
Stoke 6 2 1 3 5 13 7
Newcastle 7 1 2 4 12 17 5
Leeds 6 1 1 4 7 13 4
Blackburn 7 1 1 5 9 16 4
Sunderland 6 0 1 5 6 17 1
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 7 6 0 1 12 7 18
Aston Villa 7 5 1 1 13 9 16
Fulham 6 5 0 1 14 6 15
Chelsea 7 4 2 1 23 10 14
Brighton 8 4 2 2 21 10 14
Tottenham 7 4 2 1 16 8 14
Arsenal 7 4 0 3 17 16 12
Norwich 7 2 0 5 15 18 6
West Ham 6 2 0 4 10 16 6
Southampton 7 1 2 4 15 16 5
Reading 6 1 2 3 13 18 5
West Brom 6 0 1 5 8 19 1
Leicester 7 0 0 7 9 33 0
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