Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Saturday Result, Updated Table and Fixtures

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Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Saturday Result, Updated Table and Fixtures
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Arsenal closed the gap at the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division 2 on Saturday, comfortably defeating hosts Stoke City 3-1 at the Moss Rose Ground. 

The victory boosted the Gunners' chances of promotion to Division 1, leaving the north London giants only a point from the summit behind Villa and pacesetters Derby County.

Sunderland continue to lead the top league and remain three points clear of Manchester United in Division 1. However, the Red Devils have three games in-hand on the Black Cats.

Here is the confirmation of Saturday's result, including updated standings and forthcoming matches: 

Under-21 Premier League: Saturday's Results
Home Score Away
Stoke City U21 1-3 Arsenal U21

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Latest U21 Premier League Standings
Division 1
POS CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Sunderland U21 13 9 1 3 25 9 16 28
2 Man Utd U21 10 8 1 1 25 9 16 25
3 Spurs U21 15 5 4 6 32 33 -1 19
4 Man City U21 11 5 3 3 22 17 5 18
5 Reading U21 13 5 3 5 24 25 -1 18
6 Everton U21 12 4 5 3 18 17 1 17
7 Chelsea U21 10 4 2 4 19 20 -1 14
8 Southampton U21 12 4 2 6 20 27 -7 14
9 Middlesbrough U21 11 3 4 4 18 15 3 13
10 Norwich U21 13 3 3 7 18 24 -6 12
11 Liverpool U21 12 3 3 6 14 20 -6 12
12 Leicester U21 12 2 3 7 16 35 -19 9
Division 2
POS CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS
1 Derby U21 14 9 1 4 31 18 13 28
2 Aston Villa U21 17 8 4 5 20 23 -3 28
3 Arsenal U21 13 8 3 2 25 14 11 27
4 West Brom U21 14 6 6 2 17 11 6 24
5 West Ham U21 15 7 2 6 26 25 1 23
6 Stoke U21 15 7 1 7 16 15 1 22
7 Swansea U21 12 5 2 5 18 12 6 17
8 Blackburn U21 12 5 2 5 18 18 0 17
9 Newcastle U21 15 4 5 6 22 26 -4 17
10 Fulham U21 13 5 2 6 15 19 -4 17
11 Wolves U21 14 2 2 10 15 25 -10 8
12 Brighton U21 14 1 4 9 8 25 -17 7

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Forthcoming Matches
Date Time (GMT) Fixture
Jan. 31 11.45 p.m. Sunderland U21 vs. Chelsea U21
Jan. 31 2 p.m. Liverpool U21 vs. Reading U21
Feb. 1 7 p.m. Brighton U21 vs. Wolves U21
Feb. 1 7 p.m. Derby U21 vs. West Ham U21
Feb. 1 7 p.m. Everton U21 vs. Manchester United U21

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Saturday Recap

Arsenal appeared to be cruising against Stoke in their under-21 encounter at Moss Road, but the hosts gave the Gunners a fright late in the day. 

The north London team took the lead midway through the first half, as Stephy Mavididi struck for the opener.

The prolific 17-year-old maintained his excellent form for Arsenal this term, giving his side the lead after 21 minutes.

It appeared the visitors had wrapped up the points after the hour-mark, with Marcus McGuane doubling the lead for Arsenal. 

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McGuane had been a regular for the under-18 side last term, and he made no mistake in making an impression in his recent step up to the senior age group.

However, the game was turned on its head after 75 minutes when Arsenal's Dan Crowley saw red, leaving his team hamstrung for the final moments.

Villa immediately took advantage as Belgian midfielder Julien Ngoy grabbed a goal back for the hosts with 12 minutes on the clock.

The home side pushed hard for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, but Arsenal secured the three points on the stroke of full-time, as Mavididi scored his second of the match.    

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