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Monday 24 September 2012

Barclays U21 Premier League: Chelsea travel to Palace

Southampton face Tottenham at home; Selhurst Park hosts Chelsea on Monday

Chelsea's Marko Marin may face Crystal Palace U21s at Selhurst Park tonight

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Reading's chance to make it a four-way tie at the top of Group 1 was hit by the weather when their match against Bolton Wanderers at Lancashire FA was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

West Ham United's 4-1 victory over Arsenal and Norwich City's 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Friday meant that West Ham, Arsenal and Norwich were all tied on 10 points in the group. Reading could have gone above them on goal difference if they defeated a Bolton side looking for their first home win by at least two goals.

It was not the only match affected by the weather, as Sunderland's match against Aston Villa at the Academy of Light, Southampton's home encounter with Tottenham Hotspur and the Professional Development League 2 encounters between Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic, and Nottingham Forest v Derby County, were also postponed.

In Group 1, Everton are targeting a first victory of the campaign that will enable them to leapfrog hosts Blackburn Rovers. Rovers are expected to name a strong squad with new signings Grzegorz Sandomierski, Nuno Henrique and Diogo Rosado in line to play. Tickets for the Leigh Sports Village encounter cost £4 adults, £2 under-16s and senior citizens and are free for season-ticket season holders. (Directions here.)

"Palace are very powerful, very organised and their academy always produces top players"
Dermot Drummy

With Liverpool not in action on Monday, Wolverhampton Wanderers will assume the lead of Group 3 if they beat Middlesbrough.

Manchester City can also bridge the three-point gap on the Reds against Fulham at Motspur Park, in an early kick-off.

Across town at Selhurst Park a large crowd can be expected to see Crystal Palace take on Chelsea, who fielded Marko Marin in their most recent match against Liverpool. Chelsea U21 manager Dermot Drummy is expecting a tough test.

"I saw Palace play Liverpool, they lost 3-1 but they're very powerful, very organised and their academy always produces top players," Drummy told the Chelsea website. "They put you under a lot of pressure physically so it will be a very tough game, we have to go there with a tough mentality to get the points."

Tickets for this match cost £8 for adults and £1 for concessions.

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Monday, September 24th

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers v Everton, Leigh Sports Village (7pm) Ticket info
Bolton Wanderers P-P Reading, Lancashire FA

GROUP 2
Sunderland P-P Aston Villa, Academy of Light
Southampton P-P Tottenham Hotspur, Staplewood TG

GROUP 3
Fulham v Manchester City, Motspur Park (2pm)
Middlesbrough v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rockliffe Park (4pm)
Crystal Palace v Chelsea, Selhurst Park (7pm) Ticket info

Friday, September 21st

GROUP 1
West Ham United 4-1 Arsenal
Norwich City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

For past results and the 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

  • Selhurst Park opens its doors to Crystal Palace-Chelsea on Monday
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers can assume the lead of Group 3 with a win against Middlesbrough
  • Matches at Bolton, Southampton and Sunderland postponed due to heavy rain