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PL Cup preview: Watford U23s v Rovers U23s

A look ahead to Monday night's Premier League Cup trip to Hertfordshire

12 February 2018

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Damien Johnson takes his side south tonight to tackle Watford's Under-23s in the Premier League Cup this evening.

Rovers head to Hertforshire in buoyant mood having won their last three games - all in the league. Johnson's side sit top of Premier League 2 by four points and with a game in hand.

Midfielder Willem Tomlinson is back available after missing the last two Under-23s meetings after being sent off against Norwich at the Lancashire FA HQ a couple of weeks ago and missing the wins over Fulham and Reading.

Joe Nuttall could well get more minutes under his belt having scored on Friday night for the Under-23s and didn't play a part for the first team a day later.

But one player who won't be appearing is Darragh Lenihan, who Tony Mowbray confirmed will travel with the first team to Portsmouth for the League One clash tomorrow evening.

Opponents Watford sit ninth in the Professional Development League South and come into this one on the back of an entertaining 3-3 draw with Coventry City last time out.

Dion Pereira scored twice in that game and will have to be watched closely to ensure he doesn't do similar on Monday night.

With Hayden Mullins in charge of the Hornets, both bosses are former Premier League players, appearing almost 350 times in the competition combined.

Kick-off is at 7pm at Wealdstone Football Club's Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip HA4 6JQ.

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