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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Chelsea Under 21s

17 November 2020

We preview the Gas' meeting with Chelsea Under 21's...

The Gas play host to Chelsea Under 21s on Wednesday in their final game of the Papa John's Trophy Group Stage, knowing a draw with a win on penalties will be enough to secure their place in the next round.

Manager's Preview...

Following the dismissal of Ben Garner on Saturday evening, Head of Recruitment Tommy Widdrington took the role of Caretaker Manager ahead of our tie with Chelsea Under 21s. He looked ahead to the midweek tie with the press this afternoon.

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Match Preview: Widdrington on Chelsea U21s

Form Guide...

The young Chelsea side got off to a slow start in their Papa John's Trophy campaign, with a loss against Oxford United welcoming them into the 2020/21 season. A second-half Jon Russel strike sparked a resurgence, from 2-0 down, but the blues couldn't fight back to equalise and went home empty-handed.

Their next trip in the trophy yielded a better return, with the Chelsea side securing the bonus point following a 1-1 draw with Walsall. Dynel Simeu equalised for the youth side after the London-based team fell behind in the first half. The youngster then went on to grab the bonus point, winning 5-3 on penalties.

Previous Encounters...

The two sides met at the Mem in the group stages of last season's EFL Trophy, with a very different looking Rovers side coming from behind to secure victory over Chelsea's youngsters that day.

A second-half response with goals from Victor Adeboyejo and Liam Sercombe was enough to secure all three points after Charlie Brown opened the scoring for the away side. Both sides would go on to progress from the group last campaign, with the Gas topping the group and Chelsea winding up in second.

Of the Chelsea squad that were beaten that day, full-back Tariq Lamptey has since gone on to feature regularly for Brighton in the Premier League.

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How to watch...

Wednesday's game is available to watch live on our iFollow streaming process!

It's important that fans sign up to watch via the games via the Rovers Official website - to ensure the Club receives a percentage of the revenue generated by match pass sales.

The link below features all the information you will need to watch tomorrow's game.

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iFollow Info - How you can watch Wednesday's game LIVE!

Around the grounds...

With the final games concluded for the Gas' Group L rivals, Oxford United and Walsall, Rovers know what they need to achieve to progress. With Walsall on 3 points, and both Chelsea and the Gas on 2 points, Rovers need either a draw with a win on penalties or a win to progress.


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