Monday 05 November 2012

Barclays U21s: Wolves host unbeaten Reds

Group 3 leaders play at Molineux on a busy night of Barclays Under-21 Premier League action

Liverpool U21 team defeated Manchester City last time out

Five Barclays Under-21 Premier League contests take place on Monday evening, with Molineux opening its doors for the Group 3 visit of Liverpool.

Group 1

Second-placed Arsenal will close the gap on leaders West Ham United if they can overcome Bolton Wanderers at the Lancashire FA headquarters in Leyland.

The Gunners are unbeaten in three matches and head to the County Ground on the back of a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers with coach Terry Burton eager for his side to build on that encouraging display.

"It was a young side and we started off brightly, created some chances and played some good football," he told the club's official website. "Gradually Blackburn got into the game and we defended well. Overall I was quite pleased.

"There were a few players who had not appeared at that level before, or certainly not regularly, and it is always good to see them play. The ones who did come in showed good character and worked extremely hard.

"Alfred Mugabo played in a position that he has not featured in regularly this year and did a really good job. Isaac Hayden came in and was arguably our best player, and Zac Fagan played his first game for the under-21s. They have to step up now and show what they can do."

The match will be refereed by Jumpei Iida, a FIFA-approved official sent over by the Japanese FA as part of an exchange programme with the Professional Game Match Officials.

Admission at the County Ground is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and free for season ticket holders.

Group 2

Manchester United can take advantage of one of their two matches in hand when they face Stoke City at Altrincham FC's Moss Lane.

United, who defeated the Potters on the first weekend of the campaign, are currently three points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

Adults can watch for £5, juniors and OAPs pay £2 while United members and season-ticket holders can get in free of charge. This match too will be officiated by a Japanese referee, Hiroyuki Kimura.

Southampton, meanwhile, can move out of the bottom two with a win against Sunderland at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground.

Saints are looking for their first win in four outings while Sunderland are unbeaten in five and have won their last two matches.

Admission is free for season card holders on production of their card, while cash admission for all others is priced at £3 adults and £1 concessions.

Group 3

Liverpool will aim to maintain their status as the only unbeaten team in the competition when they face second-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday evening.

Rodolfo Borrell's side are on a run of four straight victories and last time out they recorded a 3-1 win away to Manchester City, which put them three points clear of Wolves having played a match less.

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will continue his comeback from the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in April. Monday night's contest at Molineux will be his third appearance for the Under-21s.

Admission is free for Wolves' Season Ticket Holders, £4 for adults and £1 for concessions. The lower tier of the Billy Wright Stand will be open to supporters with admission via the turnstiles at Block 8.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace take on Middlesbrough at Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium. With both teams currently on eight points, victory for either side would move them up to third place in the group.

Tickets sold on match day are £8 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Monday 5 November fixtures

GROUP 1
Bolton Wanderers v Arsenal, Lancashire FA, 7pm

GROUP 2
Manchester United v Stoke City, Altrincham FC, 7pm
Sunderland v Southampton, Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground, 7pm

GROUP 3
Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough, Crawley Town FC, 7pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, Molineux Stadium, 7pm

For the latest league tables click here.

For latest news on the Barclays U21 Premier League, click here.

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

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Key Points

  • Five Barclays Under-21 matches taking place on Monday evening
  • Group 3 leaders Liverpool face second-place Wolves at Molineux
  • Bolton, Manchester United, Sunderland and Crystal Palace also hosting matches