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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

02 November 2019 Venue Cobham Training Centre Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Chelsea PL2
2 - 1
Blackburn Rovers PL2

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Preview: Chelsea Under-23s v Rovers Under-23s

A look ahead to the Premier League 2 game against The Blues, with Rovers heading down to Surrey

2 November 2019

Billy Barr's young Rovers are back in Premier League 2 action against Chelsea's Under-23 later today looking to continue their fine run of form in league and cup.

Coming into the encounter, Barr's boys head to Cobham on the back of progress in the Lancashire Senior Cup, where they edged past Everton Under-23s to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

Whilst Rovers are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, Chelsea have been flying and come into the game in second place in the league table.

The Blues are yet to suffer defeat in Premier League 2 and have won three of their last four outings in the division, the latest of which coming against Arsenal.

Barr is likely to be without Harry Chapman, who will be assessed after coming off in the clash against Everton with a head injury.

But Ben Brereton and Dominic Samuel, who won't be involved with the first team, could play a part, with Tony Mowbray confirming that the striking duo will need Under-23s action before being included in his first team games.

Sam Barnes is likely to continue at centre back with Louie Annesley and Charley Doyle remaining out with foot injuries, and Joe Grayson being out for the season following a hamstring tear.

It's the start of a busy month for Barr and his charges, and the boss has challenged the team to get November off to the perfect start by picking up the three points.

"It's going to be a long, long month," he said ahead of the trip south to take on the Londoners.
"We're probably going to have people dropping back in at some point. Looking at that, we need people who aren't playing regularly to get game time.
"If that doesn't happen, we'll look at the Under-18s to fill the positions that we need to.
"There has been a few injuries, which is disappointing for the lads, but it also gives the younger lads an opportunity," he added.
"So the likes of Isaac Whitehall, who has come in and done really well, Sam Burns, who had played the last couple of games before Everton and it gives the scholars that chance to maybe get in and show us what they're all about."

Chelsea chief Andy Myers may welcome back Tariq Lamptey and Billy Gilmour after their first team involvement in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

The latter completed 70 minutes before being substituted for Mason Mount, while Lamptey remained an unused substitute.

However, the Blues will be without Dutch defender Ian Maatsen, who is currently on international duty at the Under-17 World Cup with the Netherlands.

Kick-off today is at 12pm, with the game scheduled in to be played at the Chelsea Training Ground in Cobham, Surrey.

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Match Reports

Report: Chelsea Under-23s 2-1 Rovers Under-23s

Dan Butterworth continues his scoring streak but Rovers suffer defeat against the high-flying Blues

4 November 2019

Rovers Under-23s' four-game unbeaten run in league and cup came to an end at the hands of high-flying Chelsea Under-23s at the weekend.

Dan Butterworth scored again and played the full game against The Blues down in Cobham, but his strike wasn't enough against Andy Myers' side, who went top of the division with the victory.

There were few chances of note early in the game, with the closest Rovers coming to breaking the deadlock being when a Lewis Thompson centre evaded everyone in the box and the opportunity passing by.

It was the hosts who took the lead soon after, with Jon Russell putting Chelsea ahead just before the half hour mark. The midfielder was picked out in the box by Austrian youth international Thierno Ballo before firing past Joe Hilton and into the back of the net.

The visitors made a quick start to the second half and almost clawed a goal back through defender Hayden Carter who had a free shot at an open net following Karlo Ziger’s parry, but Marc Guehi raced back just in time to produce an impressive goal-line clearance to protect his team's lead.

More heroics were required in the danger area as Rovers pressed for an equaliser early into the second half in Surrey.

And Barr's boys managed to work a leveller that their play deserved with 14 minutes remaining. Buttworth struck a powerful effort into the top corner from six yards having latched on to a headed cross.

But a potential point turned into heading home with nothing to show for Rovers' efforts just two minutes later.

Substitute Armando Broja had only been on the pitch for 20 minutes, but it was the Albanian Under-21 international who produced the goods to restore Chelsea's lead.

The forward won the battle with his marker and charged through on goal before he coolly beat Hilton between the sticks to put the home side in front for the second time.

Croatian custodian Karlo Ziger remained alert in the late stages as Rovers searched for what would have been a late equaliser, most notably denying Ben Paton, who wriggled free at the near post.

That save was enough to put Chelsea back at the summit of the division, whilst Rovers dropped to eighth.

Barr's boys are back in action at Leyland on Friday night in the Premier League Cup, with a home encounter with Middlesbrough's Under-23s scheduled to kick-off at 7pm.

Chelsea: Ziger, Lamptey, Wakely, Guehi (c), Lavinier (Lawrence, 70), McEachran, Ballo, Mola, Brown, Russell (Broja, 56), Nunn (Lewis, 75).

Unused substitutes: Bergstrom, Simeu.

Goals: Russell 28, Broja 76.

Blackburn: Hilton, Whitehall, Thompson, Pike, Carter, Barnes, Mols (c), White, Burns (Zimba, 84), Butterworth, Paton.

Unused substitutes: Boyomo, Eastham, Durrant.

Goals: Butterworth 74.

Referee: Lee Collins.

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