The fixtures for the second stage of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign have been released.

The Chelsea Under-21s’ third-place finish in our group before Christmas means for the next stage we play in Qualification Group Tier 1. The top two in the groups in first half of the season and the two best third-placed teams went into the Elite Group Stage, with the lowest teams going into Qualification Group Tier 2.

It is still open for the teams finishing top of Tier 1 and Tier 2 to make the knockout stage of the competition in May which will decide the national Under-21 champions.

Chelsea’s first fixture is on Thursday against Fulham at Cobham. Please note spectators will not be admitted. The match is live on Chelsea TV with a 7.05pm kick-off.

Dermot Drummy’s team play Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Friday 25 January. That match will be open to the public with kick-off at 7.05pm. It will also be shown live on Chelsea TV.

Chelsea’s full Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures are:

Thursday 10 January Fulham Home 7.05pm  Cobham
Tuesday 22 January Everton Away 7pm Southport FC
Friday 25 January Middlesbrough Home 7.05pm Stamford Bridge
Sunday 3 February Sunderland Home 12 noon Brentford FC, Griffin Park
Monday 11 February Blackburn Rovers Away 7pm Leigh Sports Village
Friday 15 February Aston Villa Home 7pm Brentford FC, Griffin Park
Friday 1 March Fulham Away 7pm Craven Cottage
Sunday 10 March Everton Home 2.30pm Cobham
Monday 18 March Middlesbrough Away 7pm Riverside Stadium
Sunday 31 March Blackburn Rovers Home 12 noon Cobham
Monday 8 April Sunderland Away 12 noon Academy Of Light
Monday 15 April Aston Villa Away 7pm Villa Park

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