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Tony Mowbray is looking forward to the challenge of taking on a Premier League outfit tonight

27 August 2019

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Tony Mowbray says his side should relish the challenge of attempting to knock out a Premier League opponent in the Carabao Cup.

Rovers head to Sheffield United this evening to do battle with Chris Wilder's charges at the second round stage of the competition.

The Blades have had a decent start to their return to the Premier League; drawing at AFC Bournemouth and beating Crystal Palace before suffering defeat to Leicester City at Bramall Lane at the weekend.

Both sides can take their eyes off their respective domestic schedules this evening, with a spot in the hat for round three at stake tonight in the Steel City.

“It's an opportunity against a Premier League side who will make a lot of changes and still be very strong," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.

“[Oli] McBurnie hasn't been starting for them and yet they paid £20m for him, Lys Mousset was £10m, Luke Freeman was £6m or £7m.

“I'd imagine that they'll still field a pretty strong team against us, so we'll look to get the balance right with our selection and go there to try and be competitive.

“The figures mentioned are what you get when you get in the Premier League, and that's okay," he added.

“They may be a little bit rusty, they may not have played together as a unit.

“But when you think of Sheffield United you think of their overlapping centre halves. They'll be positive, aggressive, play with two strikers and get it out wide to put balls into the box.

“We look forward to that challenge.”

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