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Preview: Papa John's Trophy final Group Stage games

10 November 2020

The next round of fixtures in the Papa John’s Trophy will see the large majority of Clubs play their final Group Stage game in this year’s competition.

We have rounded up the five games you should watch out for as the fight for qualification to the knockout stages continues.

Rochdale v Salford City - Northern Group B - Tuesday 10 November (19:00)

Top spot in Northern Group B is still up for grabs for Rochdale, Salford City and Manchester United U21, with the latter currently sitting at the summit after claiming five points from two games. 

With Manchester United’s youngsters in action against Morecambe the following week, this is a chance for either Rochdale or Salford City to stake a claim and progress to the knockout stages. 

The Dale are currently second, on four points, with the Ammies close behind in third, on three points. A winner-takes-all game is set to take place the Crown Oil Arena, and both managers will be keen to progress. 

Tranmere Rovers v Wigan Athletic - Northern Group D - Tuesday 10 November (19:00)

It is the same situation in Northern Group D, where Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic look to battle it out to secure safe passage to the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy.

These two sides have managed to secure a win apiece in the group stages, both picking up wins against Liverpool U21, and with a point separating the two going into the final group game, Mike Jackson and John Sheridan will be hoping that a run in the cup could give their respective sides a push in league action. 

Doncaster Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 - Northern Group F - Tuesday 10 November (19:30)

It is a three-way split for second place in Northern Group F - between Bradford City, Doncaster Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 - with each side currently sitting on two points after two games. 

However, it is the Bantams - on a goal difference of zero - that currently hold that second qualifying place in Group F and will be hoping to see off Oldham Athletic in their game to progress. 

But, if that does not happen, all eyes turn to the Keepmoat Stadium to see which of the two sides out of Rovers and the young Wolves go on to secure their place in the knockout stages. 

Northampton Town v Stevenage - Southern Group C - Tuesday 10 November (19:30)

Moving into the Southern section of the Papa John’s Trophy and straight into Group C, as Northampton Town welcome Sky Bet League Two opposition to Sixfields Stadium. 

Both teams are on three points from the two games they have played in the competition already, and a win for either side would see them progress alongside Milton Keynes Dons, who have taken the maximum points from their games so far.

The Cobblers and the Boro have both managed to see of Southampton U21s to pick up those three points that both teams currently have. 

Bristol Rovers v Chelsea U21 - Southern Group C - Wednesday 18 November (19:00)

The Gas welcome the Chelsea youngsters to the Memorial Stadium, looking to secure three points and hope that Walsall don’t win against Group C leaders Oxford United. 

Both teams will be aware of that result, however, as their game will be played the week before on Tuesday 10 November.

If that is the case, Bristol Rovers v Chelsea U21 promises to be a special game, with both teams wanting to secure passage to the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy. 

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