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Preview: Rovers U23s v Sheffield United U23s

A look ahead to this evening's Premier League encounter at Leyland

21 January 2019

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Rovers are back in Premier League Cup action this evening as Sheffield United make the trip to East Lancashire.

The Blades, whose Development Squad sit sixth in the Professional Development League table, beat Rovers in the reverse fixture back in October, and Damien Johnson's side will be looking for revenge this time around.

A win for Johnson's charges will lift them above United, who are placed in second place in Group B, with clashes against Everton and Doncaster Rovers still to play.

United have a good record in bringing through young players, which is showcased by Harry Maguire and David Brooks both being regulars for Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth respectively, in the Premier League.

There may be more stars of the future on show at Leyland this evening, whilst the experience Martin Cranie could play a part after finding game time limited under Chris Wilder in the first team this term.

For Rovers, Johnson welcomes back Dan Butterworth from suspension after the attacked missed out on the last few games.

Joe Nuttall and Lewis Travis are now a firm part of the first team picture and won't play, and neither will Lewis Mansell or Joe Grayson, who both moved on loan to Partick Thistle and Grimsby Town respectively.

Ollie Byrne is another who won't play following his switch to Stevenage, whilst Sam Hart moved to Southend last week.

Jack Evans remains a long-term absentee with a foot injury, with Lewis Thompson expected to continue in the left back role.

Opportunity could well knock for some of Billy Barr's Under-18s, who may get the chance to impress in the higher age group.

Kick-off at Leyland is at 7pm, and as always, entrance to the match will be free of charge for season ticket holders, and just £3 for non-season ticket holders.

We will be providing live match updates via Twitter.

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