Watch Albion under-23s face Man City on YouTube tonight

Albion entertain City on Friday in a game between fourth and first in Premier League 2.

By Matt Bishop • 29 October 2021

Albion under-23s could go joint top of Premier League 2 on Friday when they host Manchester City at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, kick-off 7.30pm.

Andrew Crofts’ side currently sit fourth in the division, just three points behind leaders City, after last week’s draw against Leeds United built on a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in their last home game two weeks ago.

Lorent Tolaj earned Albion a deserved point in the clash against Leeds after the hosts took the lead early in the second half, but it could have been all three with Andrew Moran and Ed Turns both hitting the woodwork.

City meanwhile tasted defeat in the league for the first time this season, losing 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday but last year’s PL2 champions remain clear at the summit.

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Lorent Tolaj celebrates after scoring Albion's equaliser against Leeds last Friday.

Crofts said: “The Leeds match was a really exciting game for the neutral I’d imagine. It was two teams having a right good go at trying to win the game.

“I thought the first half was fairly even, they maybe edged it, but second half, we controlled it more and our chances were in more dangerous areas. It was a resilient defensive display, but we also showed a lot of courage and bravery on the ball.

“I love watching the boys. They’re a really exciting group and, they always come off the pitch having given everything and have a real competitive grit I don’t think many 23s teams have.

“The performance against Leeds was an example of that and, over the course of our first nine game games and two EFL Trophy games, the group have shown a lot of different traits to their game. Hopefully that will stand them in good stead for their careers going forward.

“We now have another exciting challenge against City – it’s one the lads are really looking forward to.

“We know they’re a top, top team, they’ve got some brilliant individuals and are obviously top of the league, but I think they’ll definitely know they’ll be up against a team that have a lot of good players, good team spirit and can play and hurt teams in different ways. It’s another tough test and one we’re excited for.”

Season ticket holders can watch the game but need to book tickets in advance by clicking here.

A live stream of the match will be available on the club's official YouTube channel here.