Second plays fourth in the Barclays Under 21 Premier League this Thursday, as Chelsea and Liverpool step up the race for the title at the Electrical Services Stadium.
With all proceeds from the match being donated to the Nepal earthquake relief fund, a large crowd is expected for the game which kicks off at 7.05pm.
Both sides have won three games in a row, and will fancy their chances of overhauling leaders Manchester United in what promises to be a thrilling run-in. The Blues won 3-1 in Monday’s West London derby against Fulham, to move into fourth place, with both Liverpool and United also recording victories later in the day as United reclaimed top spot from The Reds.
After beating Leicester City, Michael Beale’s Liverpool were top of the table for a few hours, to continue their own good form which included a 3-1 victory in their own mini-derby at Goodison Park. Beale’s squad features several players who have already broken into the first-team squad at Anfield, including captain Cameron Brannagan, winger Sheyi Ojo, German striker Samed Yesil and Jerome Sinclair, also a striker, who is the Club’s youngest-ever debutant.
Welsh winger Harry Wilson holds another record, as his country’s youngest-ever full international, and is tipped to lead the next batch of Academy graduates alongside Spanish midfielders Pedro Chirivella and Madger Gomes, and winger Ryan Kent, who Brendan Rodgers last week described as “a real talent” after his performance against Everton.
Chelsea, of course, have their own young prospects already exciting the first-team manager: the prolific Dominic Solanke and prodigiously-talented Izzy Brown – the second youngest Premier League player ever – plus midfielders Kasey Palmer and Belgian Charly Musonda.
Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, with all season ticket holders admitted FREE.
That is followed, at 11am on Saturday, by Chelsea’s Barclays Under 18 Premier League Play-Off clash with Manchester City, which offers FREE admission to all supporters.