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Preview: Manchester City U23s (H)

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League 2 clash against the division's bottom side

22 November 2019

Rovers Under-23s return to action this evening when we host Manchester City Under-23s at Leyland in Premier League 2 Division 1.

Rovers will be hoping to get back on track following a frustrating defeat to Hertha Berlin in the Premier League International Cup last week at Ewood Park.

The team are searching for consistency having won two of their last five outings in all competitions, but Billy Barr could be bolstered by the return of some key players.

Lewis Thompson and Jack Vale both were in international action for Northern Ireland Under-21s and Wales Under-21s, respectively, and missed out on the game against Hertha a week ago.

Whilst Tom White is unavailable after going out on loan to Barrow, Brad Lyons is back in training and could play a part off the bench.

Joe Grayson remains a long-term absentee, but the tie could come too soon for Louie Annesley, who is on the comeback trail following a foot injury.

Harry Chapman, former City trainee Jacob Davenport and Dominic Samuel could all continue to get game time following a recent run in the side.

Second half goals from Dan Butterworth, Vale and Chapman earned the three points in the last meeting against City, with Rovers running out 3-1 winners at Ewood Park back in April, towards the end of last season.

This season has seen City endure a disappointing start to life this term, sitting bottom of the Premier League 2 Division 1 table with just one victory from their opening 10 games of the season.

City could include the highly-rated Tommy Doyle in their team, alongside fellow prospect Felix Nmecha.

Kick-off at the Lancashire FA HQ is at 7pm, with the game free of charge for Rovers season ticket holders, otherwise admission prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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