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Monday, 21st December saw the final games of 2020 in Premier League 2 which saw Chelsea and Leeds go into the new year at the top of Divisions 1 and 2.

It all gets going again over the next three days with four games in each division, including our home game against Wolves on Monday, with one game having already been played this year. That was our 4-1 defeat against league leaders Leeds which has now taken them six points ahead of our next opponents in the Division 2 table.

In the strangest of leagues, we sit third from bottom, just one point ahead of Newcastle and Reading, but remain just one win away from third place Middlesbrough and only a further two points behind Wolves who beat us 3-2 in our first game in this league with Lewis Richardson and Max Thompson (pictured) scoring our goals. Thompson was the player who got a touch to the corner last Monday to score our first goal of 2021.

Given how close things are in the league, a team having a six point advantage at this stage is massive but Leeds are a side who quite often play a number of more experienced players and in terms of league placing it is paying off in their first season at this level after they and Crystal Palace, along with ourselves, won Category 1 status.

Although Division 1 isn’t quite so tight, the leaders don’t have anything like the advantage that Leeds do in Division 2. Chelsea’s lead is currently just one point over Blackburn with Manchester City, who have a game in hand, a further three points behind.

West Ham will be looking for a big improvement in the remainder of the season. They are currently bottom with five points but that leaves them six points behind Southampton who occupy next to bottom place.

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.

RECENT RESULTS

Division 1

Friday 18th December
Arsenal 2 Leicester 1
Brighton 2 Everton 2
Chelsea 6 Manchester United 1

Saturday 19th December
Liverpool 3 Tottenham 4

Monday 21st December
Derby 3 Blackburn 5
Manchester City v West Ham – match rescheduled

Division 2

Friday 18th December
Aston Villa 1 Middlesbrough 1
Reading v Sunderland – match rescheduled

Monday 21st December
Crystal Palace 3 Newcastle 0
Leeds 7 Fulham 1
Norwich 1 Wolves 2
Stoke 4 West Brom 3

Monday 11th January
Burnley 1 Leeds 4

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 15th January
Brighton v Tottenham

Monday 18th January
Derby v Manchester City
Everton v Liverpool
Leicester v Manchester United

Division 2

Friday 15th January
Aston Villa v West Brom

Monday 18th January
Burnley v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Fulham
Leeds v Stoke

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

8: Ellis Simms (Everton), Jack Stretton (Derby)
6; Liam Delap (Manchester City), Brad Lyons (Blackburn), James Mcatee (Manchester City), Connor McBride (Blackburn), Myles Peart-Harris (Chelsea), Arnau Puigmal (Manchester United)
5: Oladapo Afolayan (West Ham), Daniel N’Lundulu (Southampton)

Division 2

7: Fabio Carvalho (Fulham), Mitch Curry (Sunderland), Sam Greenwood (Leeds), Jean-Pierre Tiehi (Fulham)
6: Louie Barry (Aston Villa), Cheikh Diaby (West Brom), Taylor Perry (Wolves)
5: Joe Gelhardt (Leeds), Jaden Philogene-Bidace (Aston Villa), Robert Street (Crystal Palace)

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

4: Joel Mumbongo, Max Thompson
2: Ashley Barnes, Lewis Richardson
1: Owen Dodgson, Anthony Gomez Mancini, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

The current Premier League 2 Tables for under-23 teams as of Mon 11th January 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Team pld w d l f a pts
Chelsea 11 7 1 3 25 16 22
Blackburn 11 6 3 2 21 18 21
Manchester City 10 5 3 2 29 19 18
Tottenham 11 5 2 4 20 21 17
Derby 11 5 2 4 23 25 17
Liverpool 11 5 1 5 21 22 16
Brighton 12 4 4 4 17 21 16
Everton 11 4 3 4 16 11 15
Manchester United 11 4 3 4 25 28 15
Arsenal 11 4 2 5 19 18 14
Leicester 11 4 0 7 18 24 12
Southampton 11 3 2 6 18 21 11
West Ham 10 1 2 7 12 20 5
Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 12 8 1 3 33 20 25
Wolves 11 6 1 4 24 18 19
Middlesbrough 11 5 2 4 24 13 17
Crystal Palace 11 5 1 5 22 21 16
Norwich 11 5 1 5 15 14 16
Stoke 11 5 0 6 18 18 15
Sunderland 10 5 0 5 23 24 15
Fulham 12 5 0 7 24 29 15
West Brom 10 4 2 4 19 18 14
Aston Villa 11 4 2 5 18 17 14
Burnley 11 4 2 5 15 20 14
Newcastle 11 4 1 6 16 25 13
Reading 10 4 1 5 14 28 13
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