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U23s Up For The Cup

29 September 2016

The Clarets U23s begin their U23 Premier League Cup group games on Friday, away to Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park (2pm).

And Clarets Player HD subscribers can watch the match live from 2pm. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

The young Clarets will be looking to get off to a great start and avenge the 3-1 defeat to their rivals after last season in the same competition.

Michael Jolley’s development side go into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw in a friendly at home to Fleetwood Town, with U’18 defender Scott Wilson the scorer for the Clarets.

And the club’s development side have only lost once so far this season, with eight wins and two draws stretching back to pre-season.

The U23s enter the group stages following a qualifying campaign that first saw them beat AFC Bournemouth at Turf Moor back in August in a 3-2 thriller, through goals from Dwight McNeil, Tinashe Chakwana and Freddie Yao.

Jolley’s side followed this up with a 2-0 victory over Watford courtesy of strikes from Jimmy Dunne and Patrick Bamford, playing as one of three eligible over-aged outfield players.

However, Burnley will be without Kevin Long at Ewood following the red card he received against the Hornets earlier this month.

A selection of the Clarets’ U18s squad are expected to be involved in Friday’s match, with Oliver Younger and Scott Wilson likely to join the likes of McNeil, Chakwana and Mark Howarth.

Rovers, meanwhile, will be looking to continue with their unbeaten home record this season after league wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich and a draw with Fulham.

Blackburn’s squad is likely to include former England U17/18 midfielder Connor Mahoney, who scored against the Clarets last season and has two first-team appearances to his name.

Another rising star in Damien Johnson’s side is defender Scott Wharton, who has also featured for the first team.

Should Burnley finish in the top two of their group, shared with Sunderland, Cardiff and Rovers, they will qualify into the last 16 knockout stages of the Premier League Cup, which West ham won last season after beating Hull City on penalties at the KC Stadium.

A reminder that Friday’s game will be streamed live on Clarets Player HD, as the match is ‘behind closed doors to Burnley fans.

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