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PREVIEW: Agyei Looks For Winning Start

Under-23s start Premier League Cup campaign at Bournemouth

5 October 2018

The Clarets kick-off their Premier League Cup campaign at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon (KO 1pm) with top scorer Dan Agyei looking to make a winning start.

The Under-23s are in Group C of the competition, also along with Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

With both of those sides playing in Premier League Two they will start out as favourites to fill the top two places and progress through to the knock-out stages.

But the Clarets just missed out a place in the last 16 last season and Agyei hopes a flying start against the Cherries - whose under-21 side plays in the Central League - at the Vitality Stadium can help their bid to go one better this time around.

“It will be a good experience for all the lads,” said Agyei, whose two goals in Monday’s 3-2 win over Crewe Alexandra took his tally for the season to six.

“I know it’s not a first-team game, but hopefully it will have that type of feel with it being at the Vitality Stadium.

“I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we can show everyone in the group what we’re about and get as many wins as possible, starting on Saturday.”

The Clarets have won four times so far this season in the Professional Development League but are yet to win away from home.

With the first three group games in the cup all away from home, that’s a record they will be looking to improve on.

And much could depend on Agyei, who has remained in-house at Turf Moor to develop his game after loan spells at Walsall and Blackpool last season.

“It’s going all right,” added the 21-year-old who made three Premier League appearances from the bench two seasons ago.

“We’re getting a lot of matches and I thought we played well as a team in parts again on Monday.

“I’ve just got to try and keep scoring goals and keep playing well.”

West Brom and Liverpool meet at The Hawthorns on Sunday as they complete the first round of games in the group, which will see all four teams play each other home and away.

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