Monday 22 October 2012
Seven Barclays Under-21 Premier League matches take place on Monday with the Madejski Stadium and Selhurst Park opening their doors for Reading v Norwich and Crystal Palace v Fulham, while Jack Wilshere turned out for Arsenal at Everton in the early kick-off.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere played a key role for the Under-21 side as he continued his comeback following a 14-month injury lay-off.
The 20-year-old, who has now completed two matches in a week, created both goals as the Gunners claimed victory at Finch Farm to halt Everton's winning run in Group 1.
The hosts took an early lead through Apostolos Vellios but Wilshere set up Thomas Eisfeld for the equaliser on 12 minutes.
The duo combined again for Eisfeld to fire home on 34 minutes and although Everton - who had new signing Thomas Hitzlsperger in their line-up - piled on the pressure late on, Arsenal hung on for victory.
The Gunners are now level on points at the top of the section with West Ham United, who play Bolton Wanderers on Monday evening.
The Hammers, however, will be confident of maintaining their strong form having remained unbeaten away from home so far this season.
Seventh-placed Bolton, by contrast, are still in search of their first home win and must pick themselves up after squandering a 2-0 lead in Lancashire against Reading last week.
Reading are hoping to hit the same heights they reached the last time they played at the Madejski Stadium, when they trounced West Bromwich Albion 6-1.
Tonight they face Norwich City, who can move on to 13 points with an away win, while a home success would take the Royals a point above the Canaries. Tickets for the 7pm cost cost £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.
Elsewhere in the section third-placed West Bromwich Albion could move within two points of the summit with a win at bottom side Blackburn Rovers, who have yet to register a home victory.
With no other sides in the section playing this evening Newcastle United can reclaim top spot with an away triumph at Stoke City.
The Potters are propping up the section and are also without a home win, while the Magpies can draw confidence from their last away fixture - a spirited 2-1 comeback victory at Villa Park in which Adam Campbell produced his fifth goal in the competition.
Selhurst Park plays host to its third successive Under-21 fixture as seventh-placed Crystal Palace take on Fulham in response to excellent recent attendances.
The Cottagers, in fifth, are still in search of their first away victory and lost 3-1 to Palace earlier in the campaign. However, they have since beaten both Man City and Chelsea, while Jamie Fullerton's side have drawn their last two matches at their famous ground.
Tickets for the 7pm kick-off are priced at £5 in advance or £8 on the night, whilst concessions can enter for just £1.
In-form Wolverhampton Wanderers can put breathing space between themselves and third-placed Manchester City with a win against sixth-placed Chelsea at Telford AFC. A home win would move them within three points of leaders Liverpool and seven clear of Attilio Lombardo’s Man City outfit.
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Manchester City 1-3 Liverpool
Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion, Leigh Sports Village, 7pm
Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United, Lancashire FA, 7pm
Everton 1-2 Arsenal
Reading v Norwich City, Madejski Stadium, 7pm
Newcastle United v Stoke City Northumberland FA, 7pm
Crystal Palace v Fulham Selhurst Park, 7pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea, AFC Telford United, 7pm
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