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EFL Trophy: The Group Stage continues...

28 September 2020

Eight midweek fixtures and plenty to play for... more EFL Trophy Group Stage action is just around the corner!

Matchday one delivered dazzling debuts, late drama and a glut of goals, and there are more fixtures to look forward to on Tuesday evening, across the respective Northern and Southern Groups.

Here's a look at a few of the standout matches...

Rochdale v Manchester United U21 (7:45pm)

Tied at the top of Northern Group B with a win apiece, this match could go a long way to deciding who tops the group. United's under-21s were the big winners on matchday one, beating Salford City 6-0 on their travels, and they'll be looking for more of the same here to prove they're a force to be reckoned with in this year's competition. League One Rochdale will fancy their chances too, particularly after picking up maximum points against Morecambe last time out.

Salford City v Morecambe (7:45pm)

With that heavy defeat fresh in their memory, Tuesday night represents a chance to bounce back in the EFL Trophy for Salford in this all-League Two clash. Similarly, Morecambe come into this one after a 7-0 defeat to Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup, although both teams have made a steady start to league action, setting this up to be an intriguing match. After reaching the Final in 2019/20, Salford will be hoping for another strong campaign this time around.

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool U21 (7:00pm)

A game with a real local derby feel, both Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool under-21s will be looking for their first win in the EFL Trophy this season when they go head-to-head in Northern Group D in midweek. Liverpool lost 6-1 at group leaders Wigan Athletic last week, while Tranmere lost on penalties against Port Vale in their opening game. You can expect both sides to be up for this one, with three valuable points on the line.

Colchester United v West Ham United U21 (7:00pm)

In the Southern groups, it's bottom versus top in Southern Group A on Tuesday, as Colchester United welcome West Ham United's youngsters to the JobServe Community Stadium. The Hammers were impressive winners over Southend United in their opening game and will be hoping to take a big step towards the knockout stages with another victory here, though Colchester - last season's League Two Play-Off Semi-Finalists - have made a good start in the league and will be hoping to carry that into this game.

Walsall v Chelsea U21 (7:00pm)

After a setback against Oxford United in their first group game, Chelsea's under-21s - who are expected to go well in this season's competition - are on the road this week and up against League Two side Walsall, who lost their opener on penalties to Bristol Rovers following a 2-2 draw. The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi have used this competition as a platform for success in the past via the Blues' youth system, and the next crop will be hoping to shine in midweek. 

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