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Come and watch the club's first ever Premier League International Cup game later tonight at Ewood Park!

15 November 2019

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There may not be a game for the Rovers first team this weekend, but the Development Squad need your backing in their first ever Premier League International Cup encounter tonight.

Hertha Berlin's Under-23s side are the visitors to Ewood Park for the 7pm kick-off, as Rovers aim to get their Group C campaign off to the perfect start.

The German side suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Benfica in their first showdown in the competition, with Netherlands Under-21 international Daishawn Redan scoring a penalty for Hertha at AFC Fylde's Mill Farm.

Tony Mowbray confirmed earlier this month that he hopes Dominic Samuel and Ben Brereton will manage to get through 90 minutes during tonight's game.

“(Ben) Brereton and (Dominic) Samuel are two who we’ll try and get them 90 minutes against Hertha Berlin," said the Rovers boss.

“If they can get 90 minutes in that game then they are back in contention for the first team squad selection."

Having played for Northern Ireland's Under-21s side against Hungary last night, Lewis Thompson won't be available for Billy Barr this evening.

That means a shuffling of the pack, with Under-18s regular Dan Pike likeliest to come into the squad to fill Thompson's boots.

Further forward, Harry Chapman and Joe Rankin-Costello are both expected to be involved, whilst Jack Vale will be pushing for a start following a goal off the bench against Middlesbrough seven days ago.

The pair played in the last Development Squad outing against Middlesbrough's Under-23s last week, with the duo appearing for 60 minutes at Leyland in the Premier League Cup encounter.

There will be no advance sales for the encounter against the team from the German capital, with payment taken on the turnstiles, cash only.

The game is free to watch for Season Ticket holders, Junior Rovers members and 1875 Club members.

Otherwise, the match is priced at £3 for an Adult and £1 for a Concession.

Rovers follow tonight's game up with two further group stage encounters, which can be seen below:

  • Rovers v SL Benfica
    Lancashire FA County Ground, Leyland
    Monday November 25th, 2019
    Kick-off 7pm

  • Newcastle United v Rovers
    Northumberland FA, Whitley Park
    Friday December 20th, 2019
    Kick-off 7pm

The format of the competition sees six groups of four clubs, made up of two English teams and two from overseas.

Teams play each other once, with the six group winners and two best-placed runners-up qualifying for the quarter-finals, which will take place in the New Year.

A reminder that kick-off at Ewood is at 7pm will have full match updates via our social media channels.

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