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Match preview: Brighton U18s v Norwich City U18s

Making their return after the Easter break, Norwich City Under-18s travel to the south coast to take on Brighton & Hove Albion this Saturday (11am KO).

Ahead of the game, the Canaries sit eighth in the U18 Premier League table, five points behind Arsenal with a game in hand.

Meanwhile, Brighton sit comfortably at the top end of the division. The Seagulls currently sit third in the table with an impressive 39 points ahead of this weekend’s fixture.

A win for the Canaries edges them closer to the Gunners’ in seventh, leaving them two points behind as the season comes to its end with just seven games remaining.

Whereas for Brighton, three points would see them above Fulham and into second place by a point as they battle it out for the title with Crystal Palace at the top of the U18 Premier League table.

The young Canaries will be looking to bounce back from their previous losses before the break after 5-0 losses to West Ham and Fulham respectively.

Their last win came in the second week of March when they took a controlled 4-1 win over Arsenal at the Lotus Training Centre.

City last faced Brighton in November of the current season, the points being split between the sides in their 1-1 draw.

This weekend’s hosts extended their league win streak to seven at the start of April with their 2-0 win over Aston Villa, avenging their FA Youth Cup loss to the Villans which came just a week earlier.

The challenge ahead is a welcome one for U18s striker Oscar Thorn, who says the team are primed and ready to learn from their mistakes in their recent losses, especially against the title challengers.

"Coming back from the break, everyone has been in good spirits. Everyone has been happy to be back and when we've got into training, we've looked sharp. I think we're all ready for the big game tomorrow.

"We've looked at what we did wrong in those games and where we went wrong and now we're trying to put them right in training. Now, the next step is to put them right in the game ahead.

"We know we can beat the teams up there, we recently beat Crystal Palace, so I don't think placement in the league really matters. We go to every game like its any other game and go for the wins."

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