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Preview: Everton U23s v Rovers U23s

Damien Johnson's youngsters are back in action against the Toffees at Goodison Park

23 April 2019

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Rovers' Development Squad return to action this evening, with a trip to Goodison Park on the agenda in the quarter-final stage of the Premier League Cup for Damien Johnson's charges.

The clash against David Unsworth's Everton Under-23s will take place this evening at the home of the Merseysiders, kick-off 7pm.

A number of the young first team group are expected to play a part in the fixture, with Tony Mowbray confirming after the first team win against Bolton Wanderers that John Buckley, Dan Butterworth, Harry Chapman, Jacob Davenport and Joe Nuttall will be named in the squad.

“I think those five will be involved tomorrow," the boss told reporters after the game.
"It’s at Goodison and it’ll be great for them to play in a lovely football arena. It’s something they should look forward to.
“They’ve had tough games against Everton this season, but they’ll go there strong with our talented Under-23s."
In fine form, Johnson's side have won 12 of their last 16 games in all competitions, and will have been boosted by their victory against Manchester City's Development Squad at Ewood Park last week.
Having scored in that clash, Jack Vale will be hoping to keep up his scoring streak, whilst Charlie Albinson is again expected to take his place in goal.

Entry to the game is FREE for all supporters, with tickets collected from the Everton ticket office.

Damien Johnson's side have had a couple of battles with Everton earlier in the competition, with the Toffees finishing as winners in the group stage, with Rovers going through in second place at the expense of Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United.

All knockout ties are one-off matches, and if they’re level after 90 minutes they will be decided by extra-time and then penalties if necessary.

We will be providing live updates from tonight's game via our social media platforms.

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