Match Preview: Rovers U23s v Derby County U23s

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Rovers U23s will be looking to end the PL2 season strongly, starting with tonight’s visit of Derby to the County Ground.

Billy Barr’s side drew with Liverpool on Monday, handing Manchester City their maiden PL2 title.

However, it has still been a majorly impressive season for Rovers, and they will be looking to record their highest ever finish in the top tier of the Premier League 2.

Kick off is at 7pm, with the match streamed live on Rovers’ official YouTube channel.

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The Opposition

Managed by Pat Lyons, Derby County sit sixth in the PL2 table, just seven points off Rovers at the time of writing.

Derby hosted Rovers back in December, with the visitors running out as 5-3 winners then, with the likes of Bradley Dack and Tyrhys Dolan featuring in that victory.

Forward Jack Stretton leads the Rams’ scoring charts this season, with eight goals to his name. He has also featured for the senior side this season, and spent time on loan with National League side Stockport County.

Team News

It is expected that Billy Barr will have the same squad to choose from that drew with Liverpool earlier this week.

Dan Butterworth could be rested following his mini-run of fixtures since returning from injury, meaning Connor McBride could come back into the side.

Jordan Eastham could return, after he was an unused substitute with himself and Antonis Stergiakis sharing goalkeeping responsibilities this season.

Predictions

Predicted XI: Eastham, Pike, Barnes, Saadi, Cirino, Garrett, Whitehall, Nolan, Durrant, McBride, Burns

Although there isn’t anything to play for in the title race, the players will be keen to impress and they look to play a part in the first-team for the final couple of matches.

I’m expecting a strong performance from Billy Barr’s side, and if they do, it should be a comfortable three points.

Prediction: Rovers U23s 3-0 Derby County U23s

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The match will be streamed LIVE on Rovers’ official YouTube channel, which can be found here: youtube.com/channel/UCg4185wSpo9swSCSUEYUGTg

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