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As the U18 Premier League season comes close to an end, two teams are vying for th title in each of the two regional divisions.

It’s now confirmed that the North title will go to one of the two Manchester clubs. Liverpool are currently second, above Manchester City, but with just one game remaining they cannot catch leaders Manchester United.

Both Liverpool and City are five points behind United but City have two games in hand which means if they were to win all their remaining four games they would become champions. One slip and that would hand the initiative to United who will be looking to win their two final games to ensure City do need to win their remaining four.

Despite losing two away games last week, at City and then at Middlesbrough, we haven’t dropped in the table although Blackburn are now behind us only on goal difference and with a game in hand. We have two games to play but the first of them isn’t until a week tomorrow.

The south title is going to Fulham or Crystal Palace. It was Palace who started last week on top. They lost that lead last Friday when Fulham beat Reading 5-1 but regained the lead on the following day by beating Spurs 3-0 away.

It’s been like that for weeks and although Reading could finish second, it is only Fulham who can beat Palace to first place. It’s going to the wire this one I imagine given how things have gone recently. Palace lead Fulham by three points but having played a game more. Significantly, Fulham have, by far, the better goal difference.

In the north, bother Manchester clubs play tomorrow with City playing one of their games in hand next Tuesday. The top two in the south both play away from home tomorrow.

The player featured this week is Ruairi Behan who signed a two year scholarship last summer. The midfielder had featured for the under-18s last season while an under-16.

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.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

North

Saturday 24th April
Derby 5 Leeds 0
Liverpool 6 Middlesbrough 0
Manchester City 2 Burnley 0
Manchester United 5 Wolves 1
Stoke 4 Sunderland 2

Tuesday 27th April
Blackburn 0 Stoke 0
Middlesbrough 4 Burnley 1
Sunderland 1 Manchester United 4

South

Friday 23rd April
Fulham 5 Reading 1

Saturday 24th April
Brighton 4 Aston Villa 2
Leicester 1 Arsenal 1
Norwich 3 West Ham 3
Southampton 1 West Brom 3
Tottenham 0 Crystal Palace 3

Tuesday 27th April
Reading 3 Southampton 4

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

North

Saturday 1st May
Leeds v Manchester United
Manchester City v Blackburn
Middlesbrough v Stoke
Sunderland v Newcastle
Wolves v Everton

Tuesday 4th May
Blackburn v Newcastle
Everton v Manchester City
Liverpool v Derby

South

Saturday 1st May
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Leicester v Fulham
Norwich v Reading
West Brom v Tottenham
West Ham v Southampton

Tuesday 4th May
Arsenal v Reading
Leicester v Aston Villa
Tottenham v Norwich

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

9: Sam Unwin
6: Michael Mellon
4: Joe McGlynn
3: Joe Smyth-Ferguson
2: Jacob Hamilton, Dylan Moonan, Jake Rooney
1: Corey Brennan, Will Couch, Kade Ratchford, George Walters, Ben Woods

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester United 22 18 0 4 67 25 54
Liverpool 23 16 1 6 72 26 49
Manchester City 20 15 4 1 64 19 49
Middlesbrough 22 11 3 8 44 39 36
Wolves 22 10 3 9 37 41 33
Derby 22 10 2 10 42 50 32
Everton 20 9 2 9 32 31 29
Burnley 22 8 3 11 33 36 27
Blackburn 21 8 3 10 32 40 27
Stoke 22 6 5 11 27 53 23
Newcastle 19 5 2 12 33 43 17
Leeds 22 4 3 15 28 67 15
Sunderland 21 3 1 17 24 66 10
Team pld w d l f a pts
Crystal Palace 22 16 2 4 55 30 50
Fulham 21 15 2 4 64 25 47
Brighton 23 14 3 6 62 35 45
Aston Villa 21 10 5 6 39 40 35
Tottenham 20 9 7 4 45 28 34
Chelsea 21 10 3 8 55 38 33
Arsenal 21 9 4 8 39 41 31
Norwich 20 9 2 9 52 45 29
West Brom 22 8 3 11 47 54 27
West Ham 22 5 6 11 31 54 21
Reading 21 4 4 13 43 69 16
Leicester 20 2 5 13 29 62 11
Southampton 22 2 4 16 27 68 10
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