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EFL Trophy: Midweek action

Five games to look out for as the Group Stage continues this week!

5 October 2020

There is plenty to play for again this week, as the EFL Trophy Group Stage continues. With more than 20 fixtures taking place, here are five games to look out for this week.

Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers - Northern Group F
Oldham Athletic currently lead the way in Northern Group F after a impressive 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 last time out. The Latics left it late with three goals coming in the final five minutes of their game against a young Wolves side, but a result like that can prove to be vital in this competition. 
This week, Harry Kewell’s outfit welcome Sky Bet League One side Doncaster Rovers to Boundary Park in matchday two of the Group Stages, with Rovers riding high in League One, manager Darren Moore will want his team to carry their form into this competition. 
The South Yorkshire side drew 0-0 with fellow Yorkshire side Bradford City in the first game, but picked up a bonus extra point for their 4-1 penalty shootout victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Barrow AFC v Leeds United U21 - Northern Group G 
David Dunn’s Barrow outfit gained a point from their first game in the EFL Trophy, with a goalless draw against one of his former sides, Blackpool. Albeit they were beaten on penalties, but that point could prove to be an important one as the Group Stages take shape.
Leeds United U21 will no doubt be bearing some scars from their last EFL Trophy fixture, where they were put to the sword by Accrington Stanley, shipping seven goals at the Wham Stadium.
Tuesday night’s affair is sure to be an interesting one, with both teams needing the win to ignite their cup campaign. 
Harrogate Town v Leicester City U21 - Northern Group H 
Harrogate Town made their debut in the EFL Trophy last time out, marking it with a draw against fellow League Two side Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, in a game that had pretty much everything. 
The hosts went 2-0 up after 74 minutes, but the new-boys did not roll over and take defeat lightly, and made sure that they forced the tie to a penalty shootout thanks to two late goals courtesy of Brendan Kiernan and Kevin Lokko. 
One point unfortunately didn't turn into two as Grimsby were victorious in the shootout, but a solid foundation to build on as they welcome Leicester City U21 in game two. 
Stevenage v Milton Keynes Dons - Southern Group C
Stevenage and MK Dons both picked up three points in their opening EFL Trophy games against Southampton U21 and Northampton Town respectively. 
Now the two are set to face each other in matchday two, where one of the sides could set their marker down with three points to take control of Southern Group C.
Peterborough United v Fulham U21 - Southern Group H 
Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United were involved in one of the stand out games of the opening fixtures in the EFL Trophy, as they were part of a six goal thriller with fellow League One side Burton Albion, which ended 3-3. 
The Posh picked up the extra point on offer with a penalty shootout victory over the Brewers to take them up to second in the group, Fulham U21s on the other hand were on the losing side in their first fixture of the group stages falling to Cambridge United. 
The Whites will be keen to ensure victory on Tuesday night to keep their qualifying hopes alive. 
All of this week's EFL Trophy games are available to stream in the UK and overseas, with revenue from all match pass sales going back to EFL Clubs. 
To watch any of this week's fixtures, simply visit HERE and select your Club from the dropdown menu.

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