Friday 01 March 2013
The Barclays Under-21 Premier League will be on display in two of London’s Premier League grounds this evening.
West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground will stage the visit of Manchester United in their Elite Group tie. Nick Haycock, the West Ham Under-21 coach, is looking forward to the occasion. “It will make a big difference playing at the Boleyn Ground, as that's ultimately where we'd like the boys to play,” he said. “The more games you can get at your main stadia the better.
"The more games you can get at your main stadia the better"
"That just raises the environment for the boys to prepare themselves for the biggest challenge, namely when they do step out in that domain for the first team.”
Manchester United, who come to London off the back of a dramatic 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Monday, are a point above West Ham after four matches.
West Ham season ticket holders will be admitted free while non-season ticket holders are priced at £3 adults and £1 concessions. This is the first of three matches the Under-21s will play at the Boleyn Ground: v Arsenal, 15 March; v Tottenham Hotspur, 8 April.
Meanwhile in Group 1, there is a West London derby as Fulham host Chelsea at Craven Cottage. In the corresponding fixture in January Chelsea won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Islam Feruz and Lewis Baker. However, Dermot Drummy’s team lost the previous match against Balckburn Rovers, while Fulham will be buoyed by their first win of the second stage, a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Entry is free for Fulham season-ticket holders while non-season ticket holders can buy tickets on the turnstiles from £3 for Adults and £1 for Over-65s and Under-16s. The match will be shown live on Chelsea TV.
Friday 1 March
West Ham v Man Utd, Upton Park, 7pm
Fulham v Chelsea, Craven Cottage, 7.05pm
Sunday 3 March
West Brom v Arsenal, 2pm, The Hawthorns
Reading v Man City, 1pm, Madejski Stadium
Monday 4 March
Southampton v Liverpool, St Mary's Stadium, 7pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur, AFC Telford United, 7pm
Everton v Blackburn Rovers, Southport FC, 7pm
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa, Riverside Stadium, 7pm
Norwich City v Stoke City, Colney Training Centre, 1pm
Bolton Wanderers v Crystal Palace, Lancashire FA, 7pm
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