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Preview: Papa John's Trophy Round Three

11 January 2021

Round Three of the Papa John's Trophy takes place across Tuesday and Wednesday night, and ahead of the big kick-off, we've picked out five of the standout ties to keep an eye on...

Tranmere Rovers v Leicester City U21

Leicester City’s youngsters are the last Under-21 side left in this season’s Papa John’s Trophy, after squeezing past Salford City 6-5 on penalties in Round Two.

After picking up six points from a possible nine in the group stages, the young Foxes have been impressive in this competition.

Tranmere Rovers left things late to make sure they were included in the draw for Round Three, overcoming Manchester City U21s in the final few minutes at Prenton Park.

Oliver Banks’ 88th-minute penalty helped overcome the young Citizens, who were down to 10 men at the time.

This game could be a difficult one for Tranmere, but one that they will see as a good opportunity to get through to the next round. 

Lincoln City v Accrington Stanley

The Imps are top of Sky Bet League One and will see this season as the perfect opportunity to pick up the Trophy once again.

Lincoln were winners of the competition back in 2018 after seeing off Shrewsbury Town by a single goal at Wembley.

And it was the Salop who they comfortably beat in the last round to get to this stage, winning 4-1 at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Accrington Stanley came out on top in their Round Two game against Manchester United U21, with Joe Pritchard bagging an 85th-minute winner at the Wham Stadium.

Hull City v Fleetwood Town

Hull City will be looking for revenge here, as they were put to the sword in their league fixture against Fleetwood Town back in October.

Harvey Saunders scored a brace, with Callum Camps and Sam Stubbs helping the Cod Army to a 4-1 win at Highbury Stadium.

Fleetwood Town will more than likely be without a permanent manager when this fixture comes around after parting company with Joey Barton just after the turn of the New Year.

The Tigers, on the other hand, will be hoping to get back on the horse after losing three out of their last four games in League One.

Oxford United v Cambridge United 

The cities of Oxford and Cambridge are old foesfrom who has the best University to the annual boat race battle.

That rivalry now takes to the pitch as the pair are set to go head-to-head on the 12 January at the Kassam Stadium.

The U’s are in a four-match winning streak in League One and have somewhat turned a corner since going six games without a win.

Sky Bet League Two side Cambridge United started off the season on fire but fizzled out in November, though things are starting to come back round for Mark Bonner’s side in recent weeks.

Peterborough United v Portsmouth 

The 2018/19 winners and the 2019/20 finalists of this competition, Portsmouth, face one of their toughest challenges this season when they travel to Peterborough United next week.

Pompey have won four of their last five games, which includes a 2-0 win over their upcoming opponents Peterborough. A goal apiece for Jack Whatmough and Tom Naylor were enough on that occasion.

The Posh are just two points behind Pompey in the League One table but have only won two games in their last five in all competitions.

This fixture could be the game of the round if the two teams play up to their potential. 

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