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Preview: Rovers U23s v Wolves U23s

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League 2 clash at Leyland against Wolves

23 August 2019

Rovers take on Wolves at Leyland in the third game of the Premier League 2 season

Billy Barr is expected to name a strong squad for the clash, with senior duo Harry Chapman and Sam Hart both likely to play a part this evening

Chapman has found game time hard to come by so far this season, but featured in the Under-23s' draw with Leicester City on Monday, whilst Hart made his return to action at the King Power Stadium by appearing for the first half against The Foxes.

Another who could feature is Dominic Samuel, who missed Monday's game after picking up an allergic reaction. Samuel has had an injury-hit year following a long-term knee issue, but returned for the Under-23s in their pre-season game against Southport.

A setback has seen the forward unavailable since, but following his recovery from that allergic reaction, the striker is back in contention for a place in the squad.

Joe Grayson scored in the 1-1 draw and will be expecting to keep his place in the side, where he's likely to partner Matty Platt in the heart of the backline.

Barr's side improved with Joe Rankin-Costello playing just behind Jack Vale earlier in the week, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the versatile midfielder play that role again tonight.

Rovers will be looking to get their first win on the board having lost to Arsenal on the opening night before the draw on Monday evening.

Rob Edwards’ team picked up a point in their home game against last season’s title-winners Everton last time out, having suffered an opening day defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.

And when previewing the game Barr admitted that he may well rotate his squad.

“We had disappointed lads on the bench at Leicester, and looking ahead to Friday I honestly have no idea what the team will be," Barr said after Monday's game when looking ahead to the encounter against Wolves. 
 
“Dominic had an allergic reaction the other day, which ruled him out of action for the game, but he may be available to us for Friday."

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