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UNDER-23S CLOSING IN ON PLAY-OFF SPOT

13 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Danny Mandroiu in action for Albion's under-23s against West Bromwich Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s require just one more victory to guarentee a play-off position in the Premier League 2 Division 2 this season - following Wolverhampton Wanderers’ draw against Middlesbrough last night.

Wolves and Fulham are the only teams that could knock Simon Rusk’s team out of the top five with just two matches remaining, but the Seagulls find themselves in a favourable position as it stands.

A 1-1 draw between Wolves and Middlesbrough ensured the West Midlands club would only be able to match Albion’s current points tally - but the Seagulls are 17 goals better off, meaning a drastic turnaround would be needed.

Rusk’s side meet Wolves on the final day of the season, following Stoke City’s visit on Monday - and the game at Molineux could still hold importance for both teams, depending on the results of Reading and Fulham.

Fulham host Southampton this evening at Motspur Park, and if the Cottagers fail to secure victory, Albion’s place in the play-offs will be all but secured.

Wolves then travel to Norwich City on Sunday evening, and if the West Midlanders are unable to beat the Canaries - Fulham will be the only team that can mathematically catch the Seagulls, depending on their result this evening.

But Rusk’s side will be keen to continue their excellent form and secure their own place in the play-offs on Monday evening - when the Potters travel south to go in search of revenge for November’s 3-2 defeat at the bet365 Stadium.


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