The Papa John’s Trophy group stage continues this midweek.
Tonight sees just two matches take place, both intriguing ties that pit EFL sides against Premier League academies.
Chelsea’s youngsters travel to take on Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers this evening. The Gas won their opening game in this year’s competition when they overcame League One side Cheltenham Town 2-0 back in August.
As for the Blues’ kids, they sealed a penalty shoot-out win at Exeter that handed them two points. The game had finished level at 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Ahead of the game, here is all that you need to know.
Where and when is it?
The game takes place on Wednesday, October 13 at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol.
Kick-off is 7pm.
Can I watch it?
The game can be purchased to stream via the iFollow service.
Winners get three points for a win like normal, but if a game finishes level after 90 minutes, it goes to penalties.
The resulting winner then gets awarded two points with the loser picking up one point.
Rovers are slight favourites with Skybet chalking them up at 7/5 to get the victory.
Chelsea are priced at 29/20, with the game marked up at 12/5 to finish all-square and go to penalties.
Strict stipulations apply regarding team selections.
EFL clubs must have at least four ‘qualifying’ outfield players in their line-ups, with players having to meet requirements such as either having started the previous game or with 40 or more first-team appearances in their career.
As for Chelsea, Andy Myers is likely to field under-23s regulars in the shape of Charley Musonda and George McEachran.
He is permitted to pick two players aged over 21, provided they have more than 40 senior games under their belt. Those on the very fringes of Thomas Tuchel’s first team may well be involved here, with Lewis Baker one of those potentially in contention.
Baker has been loaned out eight times by the Blues without ever making a league appearance in that time for his parent club.