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Defeat at Sunderland last time out has left us with a challenge to win a place in the end of season play-offs in Premier League 2 Division 2.

With Leeds almost on their way to promotion as champions, the next four will reach the play-offs and we currently sit in third place in the table as we did at the last review two weeks ago. However, the Sunderland defeat has made things a little more difficult.

Two weeks ago only two teams could actually move above us should they win their games in hand. That number has now increased to six teams although some will play each other reducing that number, but it does mean we are going to have to get some more points on the board in our last three games to finish in the top five, starting at home against Norwich in three days time.

The simple maths at the top of the league mean Leeds need three more points from their remaining three games to secure the title. They’ve been relentless in 2021, winning ten of their eleven games and they currently lead the table by 13 points with second place Stoke having five games remaining. They have no game this week but will win the league should Stoke fail to win at Crystal Palace on Monday.

With Sunderland having hit a run of form, it ‘s looking likely that Newcastle and West Brom could be fighting it out for bottom place with West Brom currently three points adrift at the bottom.

For those teams who do win promotion, the big clubs await in Division 1 and it is looking more and more likely that Manchester City will add this title to the Premier League they are surely going to win soon. They’d been battling with Blackburn for a while but now sit five points clear with both teams having five games to play. They also have the big game this weekend with a home game against Liverpool today.

Will we make those play-off places in Division 2? I think we will need to ensure a win against Norwich in the final home game of the season before ending the league season with away games against Reading and then Leeds.

The player featured this week is Dara Costelloe, signed from Galway in January. He’s won himself a regular slot in the U23 squad in recent weeks.

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

Sunday 4th April
Liverpool 3 Brighton 2

Tuesday 6th April
West Ham 1 Chelsea 1

Division 2

Friday 26th March
Fulham 2 Newcastle 2

Monday 29th March
Sunderland 3 Burnley 0
West Brom 1 Crystal Palace 2

Friday 2nd April
Aston Villa 4 Wolves 0
Reading 0 Sunderland 2

THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES

Division 1

Friday 9th April
Brighton v Southampton
Everton v Blackburn
Manchester City v Liverpool
Manchester United v West Ham

Monday 12th April
Chelsea v Southampton
Derby v Arsenal
Leicester v Tottenham

Division 2

Friday 9th April
Fulham v Aston Villa
Reading v Middlesbrough

Monday 12th April
Burnley v Norwich
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Sunderland v West Brom
Wolves v Newcastle

LEADING GOALSCORERS

Division 1

20: Liam Delap (Manchester City)
12: Connor McBride (Blackburn)
10: Joe Hugill (Manchester United)
8: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal), Nathan Broadhead (Everton), Kion Etete (Tottenham), Felix Nmecha (Manchester City), Cole Palmer (Manchester City), Ellis Simms (Everton), Jack Stretton (Derby)

Division 2

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

BURNLEY’S GOALSCORERS

7: Joel Mumbongo, Max Thompson
5: Lewis Richardson
2: Ashley Barnes, Anthony Gomez Mancini, Ryan Viggars
1: Owen Dodgson, Rob Harker, own goals

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES

Team pld w d l f a pts
Manchester City 19 12 5 2 62 26 41
Blackburn 19 10 6 3 43 30 36
Tottenham 19 9 5 5 35 28 32
Derby 19 9 3 7 33 36 30
Chelsea 18 8 5 5 35 27 29
Manchester United 19 8 4 7 45 46 28
Liverpool 18 8 3 7 36 37 27
Everton 19 7 5 7 31 24 26
Brighton 20 5 8 7 27 37 23
Arsenal 20 5 6 9 30 36 21
Leicester 19 5 2 12 30 46 17
Southampton 19 4 4 11 27 43 16
West Ham 18 3 4 11 22 40 13
Team pld w d l f a pts
Leeds 21 16 1 4 54 25 49
Stoke 19 12 0 7 35 26 36
Burnley 21 9 3 9 32 34 30
Crystal Palace 20 9 2 9 39 35 29
Wolves 18 8 4 6 30 24 28
Reading 18 9 1 8 31 42 28
Middlesbrough 19 7 4 8 33 28 25
Aston Villa 18 7 3 8 36 36 24
Sunderland 18 7 3 8 32 34 24
Norwich 19 7 2 10 24 27 23
Fulham 20 7 2 11 32 43 23
Newcastle 19 6 3 10 26 38 20
West Brom 18 5 2 11 28 40 17
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