Chelsea’s Under-21 side complete their league programme this evening as they travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal, where a win for Dermot Drummy’s team will see them end the campaign top of the Under-21 Premier League table.
The reworked nature of the league this season means the top four sides progress to an end-of-season play-off stage, with the table-toppers facing the side finishing fourth and the runners-up taking on the team ending the campaign in third position in the semi-finals, before the winners of both games do battle in the final for the league crown.
The young Blues have won their last two games after a first defeat in 13 matches suffered earlier in the month against Liverpool, with Lewis Baker netting four goals in the last two matches. The midfielder is the side’s top league goalscorer with 10 goals and 16 in all competitions.
Arsenal have a slim chance of finishing in the top 11 and remaining with the elite teams next season, as the Under-21 league splits into two for the 2014/15 campaign, though they need two wins from their remaining two matches to give themselves a chance.
Adi Viveash’s youth team won in north London last week to progress to the FA Youth Cup final and the Under-21s will be looking for a similar result as they seek silverware of their own in the final weeks of the 2013/14 campaign.
Tickets for tonight’s game can be purchased online at www.arsenal.com until noon today, priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.