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Preview: Arsenal Under-23s v Rovers Under-23s

It's back to Premier League 2 action this evening as Rovers head south to tackle The Gunners at Boreham Wood

6 December 2019

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Ben Gladwin is expected to get more minutes under his belt when Rovers Under-23s take on Arsenal's Under-23s this evening.

The midfielder played his first game in over two years as he got through the first half against Burnley Under-23s a week ago in the Premier League Cup at Ewood Park.

He could line up alongside Richie Smallwood, who could head south in a bid to boost his fitness having failed to feature for the first team since featuring against Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup back in September.

Brad Lyons could return to the squad after recovering from injury and featuring in training over the last couple of weeks, but the game is likely to come too soon for Louie Annesley.

Jack Evans won't feature following his loan switch to Lancaster City earlier this week, and neither will Andy Fisher, with loan club Northampton Town having a trip to Exeter City to contend with this weekend.

Rovers will head to Boreham Wood's Meadow Park looking for revenge following the opening day defeat to The Gunners in the first fixture of the campaign.

A hat-trick of penalties was the story of the game on a night where visiting attacker Folarin Balogun hit a treble for his side after Stefan Mols had given the hosts the lead midway through the first half.

Although his first spot kick was saved by Joe Hilton, the forward followed up with a close range finish before adding two further finishes from 12 yards in the late stages of the encounter.

Overseen by Steve Bould so far this season, the Londoners have had an encouraging first half of the Premier League season, sitting third in the table and just two points off leaders Chelsea.

They've won the last three games in all competitions, two of which have come in Premier League 2.

Highly-rated pair Emile Smith-Rowe and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both likely to feature against Billy Barr's outfit tonight in Hertfordshire.

Kick-off this evening is at 7pm, with Rovers knowing that a win will move them into mid-table in the division.

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