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Papa John's Trophy

Five standout ties in Round Two

7 December 2020

Round Two of the Papa John's Trophy takes place tomorrow night (Tuesday 8 November) and, ahead of the big kick-off, we've picked out five of the standout ties to keep an eye on...

SALFORD CITY v LEICESTER CITY U21 

Last season's Finalists, Salford City, will be looking to go all the way again in 2020/21 after finishing top of Northern Group B. Their reward is a home clash against Leicester City Under-21s, who were only denied top spot in Northern Group H by goal difference. Victory at Sky Bet League One high-fliers Hull City in September suggests the young Foxes won't be easy to beat. 

FLEETWOOD TOWN v BLACKPOOL

Arguably the tie of the round comes on the Fylde Coast, as Fleetwood Town host near neighbours Blackpool at Highbury Stadium. Fleetwood are one of a handful of sides with a 100% record in this year's competition, having won all three of their group games, while Blackpool finished as runners-up to Accrington Stanley in their group. With little separating them in the league, this should be a cracker.

HULL CITY v CREWE ALEXANDRA

Hull City will be among the favourites to win this year's competition and showed their credentials by topping Northern Group H, despite that slip-up against Leicester's U21s. The Tigers are up against fellow League One side Crewe Alexandra, who are more than capable of a big performance on the road. It finished 1-0 to Hull when these two met in the league in September. 

CHELTENHAM TOWN v PORTSMOUTH

Last season's other Finalists and current holders, Portsmouth, are also safely through to Round Two. Despite their next opponents, Cheltenham Town, playing their football in League Two, Pompey will be well aware of the threat carried by a side that has made an excellent start to the league campaign. Cheltenham also topped Southern Group F, with three wins from three...

PETERBOROUGH UNITED v WEST HAM UNITED U21

Like those around them in League One, Peterborough United will fancy their chances of going all the way in this season's competition and face West Ham United Under-21s after finishing second in Southern Group H. The young Hammers impressively topped Southern Group A ahead of the likes of Portsmouth and Colchester United, and therefore shouldn't be underestimated.


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