Damien Johnson is hoping that a clash against Leicester City will bring out the best in his side when the two teams clash at Leyland on Monday night.
The Foxes are unbeaten in their five matches in 2019, but Rovers are in good form themselves having been victorious in four of their opening five games in all competitions this year.
Johnson's charges come into the battle on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the Premier League Cup.
But whilst the departures of Willem Tomlinson and Okera Simmonds may leave the Development Squad chief light on bodies, the Northern Irishman could be helped by the potential additions of Jacob Davenport and Harry Chapman, who may use the game as a chance to boost their fitness levels.
Johnson said: "We're expecting a tough game. I think they're second in the league and they just beat Everton, who are top of the league.
"They've got some good players and I know their manager, Steve Beaglehole, who has them organised.
"They work hard and they're an aggressive team, in possession and out of possession, so we are expecting a tough game and we have to be ready for it.
"But the mentality in the group is good at the moment and the lads are looking forward to it, so hopefully they can all give a good account of themselves."