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

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League 2 battle against The Saints on the south coast

21 October 2019

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Rovers Under-23s return to Premier League 2 action tonight when they head to Hampshire to take on Southampton's Under-23s

It's been a long wait for Billy Barr's side to have a league game, with the last outing in the competition coming at the end of September away at Derby County.

Barr's boys will have been boosted by the excellent Premier League Cup win against Crystal Palace last week, with a Joe Rankin-Costello brace coming after Harry Chapman's header had levelled in the 3-1 win against The Eagles at Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill Stadium.

In terms of team news, Jacob Davenport is expected to be part of the travelling contingent as he continues to get match fitness under his belt.

But fellow first teamer Sam Hart isn't expected to be a member of the party. The left back has a knee injury at the moment which means Lewis Thompson is likely to continue on the left side of the back four.

Another absentee is expected to be Dominic Samuel, whilst Brad Lyons could miss out again following a recent injury that kept him out of the trip to Palace.

Joe Hilton will keep his place and start in goal, whilst Harry Chapman, Stefan Mols and Rankin-Costello are all expected to continue in the side.

The Saints sit a place behind Rovers in the table, level on points, and a win could haul either side into mid-table. 

The clash takes place at Southampton's Staplewood training ground, kick-off 7pm.

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