Sunday switch for Sunderland Under-21s’ home Premier League games

Sunderland take on Chelsea at the Stadium of Light in the Barclays U21 Premier League last season
Sunderland take on Chelsea at the Stadium of Light in the Barclays U21 Premier League last season
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Sunderland have broken with tradition and announced that all of their home games in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League this season will be played on Sunday afternoons.

Every away match is scheduled for Monday nights, which has become the usual night for the second string.

Sunderland’s switch to Sundays is intriguing, given that the weekend will always be dominated by the first-team match and the U21 games will always be in direct opposition to televised Premier League games.

Seven home matches will be at Eppleton CW, with the visits of Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Everton played at the Stadium of Light.

SAFC Under-21s fixtures - Barclays U21 Premier League

Aug 9: NORWICH CITY

Aug 17: Reading

Aug 23: TOTTENHAM

Sep 14: Everton

Sep 20: MANCHESTER CITY

Sep 28: Southampton

Oct 18: LIVERPOOL

Oct 25: MANCHESTER UTD

Nov 2: Leicester City

Nov 22: MIDDLESBROUGH

Nov 30: Chelsea

Dec 6: READING

Dec 14: Norwich City

Jan 10: LEICESTER CITY

Jan 25: Manchester Utd

Jan 31: CHELSEA

Feb 8: Middlesbrough

Feb 22: Liverpool

Mar 6: EVERTON

Mar 22: Manchester City

Apr 3: SOUTHAMPTON

Apr 25: Tottenham