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Rovers learn of their Premier League Cup opponents

6 September 2016

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Rovers' development squad have been drawn with Sunderland, Cardiff City and either Burnley or Watford in this season's Premier League Cup.

The Premier League Cup replaces what was previously the Under-21 Premier League Cup, in which Rovers were the runners-up in 2015.

The revamped competition will see 32 clubs in the main group stage, replacing the straight knockout of the Under-21 Premier League Cup. Like Premier League 2, it will be contested between Under-23 teams, with each side allowed three over-age outfield players and a goalkeeper born before 1 January 1993.

Following the pre-qualifying stage, Damien Johnson's side enter at the group stage and will have home and away games against Sunderland, Cardiff City and the winners of the Burnley v Watford tie which takes place next Monday.

The top two teams from each of the eight groups then go through to the last 16 of the competition which is are one-off knockout ties from then on.

Dates for the six Premier League Cup matches will be confirmed in due course.

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