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Man City start U18 title defence against West Brom

25 Jul 2016
2015/16 U18 Premier League: Manchester City

Baggies visit City Football Academy on 13 August as Manchester City defend U18 Premier League crown

Reigning champions Manchester City will begin their 2016/17 Under-18 Premier League title defence at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 13 August.

The fixtures were announced on Monday and Man City, who won the competition for the first time last term, start against West Brom at City Football Academy, on the same day Pep Guardiola’s senior side host Sunderland, before visiting 2015/16 runners-up Everton on 20 August.

After Norwich City open their U18 Premier League season at home to Swansea City on Friday 12 August Everton, who won the 2013/14 title after beating Man City in the final at Goodison Park, travel to Newcastle United on the opening day.

In another of the opening matches Manchester United, who had England striker Marcus Rashford in their Under-18 side at the start of last season, travel to Derby County.

Sunderland v Manchester United
Marcus Rashford started last season in Man Utd's Under-18 team

The U18 Premier League consists of 24 teams, who have all earned Category One Academy status, split into two regional divisions, the North Group and South Group.

Clubs play each opposing team in their regional group home and away, and the teams will be separated into three groups for the final stage of the competition.

The top four teams from each division go into Group 1 for the final stage, with first place crowned U18 Premier League champions. Teams ranked fifth to eighth in the regional leagues go into Group 2, while the bottom four from the North and South competitions contest Group 3.

In the final stage, clubs will play each opposing team in their own group once.

For the full Under-18 Premier League fixture list, click here.

Under-18 Premier League Matchweek 1 fixtures

12 August 2016

South Group
Norwich City v Swansea City (Colney Training Centre) 13.30pm

13 August 2016

North Group
Derby County v Manchester United (Derby County Football) 12pm
Manchester City v West Bromwich (City Football Academy) 11am
Newcastle United v Everton (Newcastle United Academy) 12.30pm
Stoke City v Middlesbrough (Clayton Wood Training) 1pm
Wolverhampton v Sunderland (Sir Jack Hayward Training) 11am

South Group
Arsenal v Aston Villa (Arsenal Training Centre) 12pm
Chelsea v Fulham (Cobham Training Ground) 11am
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove (Leicester City FC Academy) 11am
Reading v West Ham United (Reading F.C. Training Ground) 11am
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton (Tottenham Hotspur Training) 11.30am

15 August 2016

North Group
Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers (The Academy) 11am

View the full fixture list for the 2016/17 Under-18 Premier League by clicking here.

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