Preview: U21s head to Reading for semi-final

Sunderland Under-21s battle Reading Under-21s for a place in the Premier League 2 Play-Off finals on Monday evening.

The game will be played at the Select Car Leasing Stadium for a 7pm kick-off time. The winner will face either Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s or Chelsea Under-21s in the final.


Reading finished the regular Premier League 2 season with ten victories, five draws and five defeats from 20 games. They finished in sixth place in the table, one point and one place above the Lads.

During the Royals Play-Off campaign, they have beaten Middlesbrough 2-0 in the round of 16 stage and seen off Nottingham Forest in the quarter-finals winning 3-1. Jayden Wareham and a brace from John Clarke sealed their place in the last four of the competition.

Wareham is their top scorer this season with nine goals from 15 appearances.

Noel Hunt is currently in charge of the Under-21s who enjoyed a successful playing career spending five seasons in Berkshire. He made 162 appearances for the club, scoring 39 goals.

Graeme Murty comes up against the side where he spent 11 years of his career, making over 300 appearances in blue and white.


There will be free admission to the game for any supporters wishing to attend the game.  Admission to the match & car parking will be free for all spectators with unallocated seating in the West Lower Stand, entry via Gate 4.

Premier League 2

Tottenham Hotspur finished top of the Premier League 2 table following the conclusion of the regular season, four points ahead of second-place West Ham United.

This is the first campaign of the new PL2 format, where all sides have been condensed into one division, with no promotion or relegation, and the title is decided by play-off matches rather than league position.

How the Play-Off format worked

Each club are seeded according to their final position. As Tottenham Hotspur finished top, their reward was a last-16 tie against the bottom-ranked team still left in the competition – 16th-placed Aston Villa.

Similarly, second-placed West Ham United took on 15th-placed Blackburn Rovers, and third-placed Fulham faced 14th-placed Nottingham Forest.

The pairings continue in that format throughout with the higher-placed team having home advantage in the one-legged ties.

Path to the final

Semi-Finals (19-20 May)

Match 13: Tottenham Hotspur Under-21s vs Chelsea Under-21s (Sunday 19 May, 12pm)
Match 14: Reading Under-21s vs Sunderland Under-21s (Monday 20 May, 7pm)

Final (24-27 May)

Winner 13 v Winner 14


Live streaming of the game will be available to supporters via the Club's YouTube channel. Updates from the club can also be found via our official X page - @AcademyofLight.

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