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PL Cup Preview: Aston Villa U23s v Rovers U23s

A look ahead to the Premier League Cup clash at Villa Park on Friday evening

15 March 2018

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Wing wizard Harry Chapman is expected to play his first match in five months when Rovers U23s take on Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Last 16 of the Premier League Cu on Friday night.

After picking up a hamstring tear in the goalless draw with Wigan back in October, Chapman has been working his way back to full fitness and it is hoped that Friday's fixture will be the last leg of his recovery.

The 20-year-old is expected to get some much-needed minutes under his belt, with a view to manager Tony Mowbray welcoming him back into the first team fold in the coming weeks.

Aside from Chapman, the likes of Peter Whittingham and Ben Gladwin may also play a part, with the midfield duo also needing match minutes following lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Rovers finished top of Group B and Damien Johnson's side have already won at Villa in the Premier League 2 this term, after goals from Callum Wright, Lewis Mansell and Dan Butterworth sealed a 3-0 win in November.

But under Kevin McDonald, Villa have enjoyed a good campaign themselves and sit just one place and one point behind league leaders Rovers in the PL2 table, albeit Rovers have a game in hand. They have yet to draw this term having won 11 and lost six of their 17 matches in Premier League 2.

In the Premier League Cup, Villa secured their place in the Last 16 after winning all five of their group games - the latest of which coming via a 1-0 victory away to Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

If the teams are level after 90 minutes, they will be decided by extra-time and then penalties if there is still no winner.

Prices to watch the game at Villa Park are £4 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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