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We round up the latest loan action, with a new champion crowned, and look at an important week ahead for several of our teams…


Loan highlights

Marco van Ginkel (pictured top) helped PSV Eindhoven claim the Eredivisie title on Sunday, the midfielder the captain in their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Ajax which gave them an unassailable 10-point advantage at the top of the table. Mason Mount and Matt Miazga played for Vitesse Arnhem in an emphatic 7-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam.

In this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, Kenedy started in Newcastle’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal, a result which took them to 41 points, all but securing their Premier League status. The Brazilian came close to scoring a third for the Magpies when his shot looped up and hit the bar. Ruben Loftus-Cheek featured for Crystal Palace in their 3-2 win over Brighton, all the goals coming in an action-packed first half at Selhurst Park. Tammy Abraham came on for Swansea shortly before they scored their equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

In the Bundesliga, Michy Batshuayi was stretchered off late in the game as Borussia Dortmund went down 2-0 at second-place Schalke. In Belgium, Victorien Angban played for Waasland-Beveren who were beaten 2-0 by Leuven.  In Russia, Mario Pasalic came on for Spartak Moscow in a 2-1 defeat to Ural and, in Serbia, Danilo Pantic lost by the same scoreline with Partizan in the derby against Red Star. In Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo formed part of a solid rearguard action as Kasimpasa beat Kardemir Karabuk 2-0.

At the top of the Championship in England in the past week, Lucas Piazon was involved twice for Fulham, who went into the automatic promotion places last Tuesday thanks to a 1-0 win over Reading at Craven Cottage. However, Cardiff overtook them again at the weekend when Brentford grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw against the Cottagers, who have now gone 21 league matches unbeaten and sit one point behind the Bluebirds who have a game in hand.

There was a big win for Hull City last Tuesday when they came away from Burton Albion 5-0 victors. Fikayo Tomori started for the Tigers and provided the assist for the opening goal, with Ola Aina coming off the bench in the dying stages. Tomori did not feature in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, when Aina and Michael Hector were both in defence.

Jamal Blackman was back in goal for Sheffield United after serving a three-match ban, with the Blades drawing 1-1 against Millwall at Bramall Lane. Kasey Palmer came on as a second-half substitute for Derby, who lost 3-1 at Burton, and he also entered the fray in Wednesday night’s 2-0 defeat against Wolves.

Jake Clarke-Salter was a second-half substitute for Sunderland, who were unlucky to only take a point from a 1-1 draw against Norwich last week, the Canaries equalising with a late penalty. Clarke-Salter also came off the bench in a 2-2 draw at Reading on Saturday. Jeremie Boga started up front for Birmingham City in a 3-1 defeat at Bristol City.

In League One, Ike Ugbo opened the scoring for MK Dons against a Doncaster side featuring Jordan Houghton which battled back to win 2-1. Todd Kane played right-back for Oxford United in a 2-0 win over Southend and a 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town, while Jay Dasilva started in Charlton’s 1-0 loss against Scunthorpe.

In League Two, Bradley Collins kept a clean sheet for Forest Green Rovers in a 1-0 win against Cheltenham. In the National League, Nathan Baxter was in goal for Woking in a 2-0 loss to Bromley and a 2-1 reverse at Maidenhead, leaving them just one point above the drop zone. In the National League South, Jared Thompson was between the sticks for Chippenham Town who beat Truro 2-0. Another of our goalkeepers, Mitchell Beeney, was in action for Sligo Rovers who beat Limerick 2-1 in the Irish Premier League.

The week ahead

There is a rare Premier League Thursday outing for the first team this week, as we travel to Burnley for a televised fixture, followed on Sunday with a re-match against Southampton, this time in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Sunday is a busy day as following that 3pm kick-off, there is a historic Women’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Kingsmeadow, against Wolfsburg with a 6.05pm start. Tickets available here.  That is followed later that evening with the PFA Awards with five of the Chelsea Ladies nominated for players’ player and one for the young player award. Chelsea Ladies also have a WSL fixture this Wednesday, away at Everton.

It is also a big week for our Academy, with the Under-19s playing their semi-final of the UEFA Youth League away in Switzerland on Friday. They take on Porto at 12 noon UK time, live on BT Sport, with a potential final to be played on Monday.

Our freshly crowned Under-18 southern league champions play another league fixture against Tottenham on Wednesday morning.