Under-21 Premier League preview: West Ham can go top, Blackburn looking to push Man City bottom

Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, West Ham United and Manchester United all have matches in the Under-21 Premier League this evening.

Tottenham Hotspur can move level on points with Chelsea in fifth place if they win today’s lunchtime kick-off against Leicester City. Spurs haven’t won in their last three while Leicester will be confident as they go to Tottenham off the back of a win. Leicester can become one of the team on ten points if they secure the win.

Tottenham will need to improve defensively because only Newcastle United have a worse record than them this season in the current top ten.

Norwich City against Middlesbrough kick-s off slightly later, at 14:00, and the Canaries will be aiming to move above Arsenal if they secure three points. However, they lost their last game whereas Middlesbrough go into the match after a win looking to secure what would be just their third win of the season.

Southampton are another team looking to move above Arsenal today but they have been very hit and miss this season; three wins and four defeats so far. They face a Blackburn side which has lost five out of seven and is looking to move off the bottom of the table.

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Blackburn should be confident that they’ll get chances over the course of this game because the Saints have conceded three more goals than them so far this season.

The most intriguing match of the day sees Everton take on Manchester United this evening. Everton will be confident as United have a UEFA Youth League game this Wednesday. The Toffees could go joint second with a win while United will be looking to move onto nine points, they have five games in hand on some sides.

United’s attack looks decent so far this season, scoring just two fewer goals than Everton’s despite having played four games less than their opponents.

The final listed fixture of the day sees West Ham United going to Wolves, knowing that a win will put them outright top of the league. Both teams have fairly similar recent records with West Ham winning three of their last four and Wolves winning two of their last three.

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