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Preview: Rovers U23s v Tottenham Hotspur U23s

Rovers return to action against the north Londoners this evening at Leyland

23 September 2019

Rovers return to action this evening as Billy Barr's side look to return to winning ways in Premier League 2 against Tottenham Hotspur's Under-23s at Leyland.

Barr's boys suffered a narrow defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last time out, with Ellis Simms' late effort proving the difference on Merseyside last Tuesday.

The Development Squad could welcome back Dominic Samuel this evening after the striker missed the last outing due to a slight knock picked up in training.

One absenteee could be Louie Annesley, who has picked up a foot injury which also kept him out of the trip to Goodison.

The first team pair of Sam Hart and Harry Chapman are both expected to start the game having not been part of the first team squad at Reading at the weekend.

Another who's likely to feature is Jacob Davenport, who played for just over an hour at Everton having suffered an ankle injury in pre-season.

The 20-year-old is once again expected to partner Brad Lyons in midfield, with Tom White also an option for Barr in that position.

A brace from Shayon Harrison arrived before a Parris Maghoma strike as Spurs earned a 3-1 win the last time they visited Leyland a year ago, but Rovers earned revenge for that defeat later on in the 2018-19 Premier League 2 season.

Jack Vale, Dan Butterworth and Joe Rankin-Costello earned Rovers a comfortable victory in the last meeting between the sides back in April, with a 3-0 win guaranteeing their spot in the division for this campaign.

Back to the present day and Wayne Burnett's side come into tonight's clash on the back of letting a two-goal lead slip at home to Southampton last time out.

Dilan Markanday and Harvey White put the hosts in control, before The Saints battled back to earn a point on the road.

Currently fourth in the table, they've lost just once from their opening five games of the campaign coming into tonight.

Kick-off is at 7pm and you can follow all the action across our social media channels.


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