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The Sides Town Could Meet Away in the Next Round of the Trophy
Wednesday, 13th Nov 2019 00:11

Town could travel to a Premier League stadium or make a long trek to the South West in the second round of the Trophy.

The Blues will be away from home in the round of 32 as a result of Colchester’s victory at the JobServe Community Stadium having seen the U’s finish top of the group and Town second.

Paul Lambert’s men will therefore travel to play one of the other southern group winners. Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove Albion U21s, Walsall, MK Dons and Peterborough United are all confirmed winners, while Exeter City will join them unless they fall to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham's U21s this evening in which case the Hammers' youngsters will go through.

Chelsea U21s or Bristol Rovers will be the seventh potential opponent with the last game in that group tonight when the Pirates host Swindon. Second round ties will take place in the first week of December.

Unlike in the group stage, Premier League U21s sides in the competition play home games in the knockout phase.

The draw for the second round will take place live on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday at 2pm with former Colchester striker Clinton Morrison and ex-England midfielder Sue Smith in charge of picking the balls from the bowl.

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peaky69 added 01:36 - Nov 13
Murphy's Law it will be Peterborough.

Chocorange added 02:42 - Nov 13
Last years draw was 'managed' to keep group winners from playing runners up they had already played. This was done by the Group Winners of Groups A to D only being able to play at home to Runners up from groups E to H.
Then vice versa group winners E to H could only play at home to runners up from groups A to D.
The draw is also regionalised , so we can only play Peterborough, MK Dons, Chelsea U21 or Exeter.

Chocorange added 02:44 - Nov 13
Source is Wikipedia where you can find details of the draws and matches played for last seasons competition.

hoppy added 05:39 - Nov 13
Bristol Rovers could still win their group ahead of Chelsea U21s and a victory with enough margin tonight would mean West Ham U21s could still finish above Exeter.

Chocorange added 07:55 - Nov 13
Prefer to have West Ham or Chelsea than a long trip west

SouperJim added 09:53 - Nov 13
"Premier League U21s sides in the competition play home games in the knockout phase"

Say what now? So they're guaranteed a home tie in each round they get through? What possible reason can there be for further bias in this crapfest of a "trophy"?

Wallingford_Boy added 09:59 - Nov 13
SuperJim, think you've got yourself a bit confused there! They CAN play home games, not they must!!

midastouch added 10:54 - Nov 13
This tournament really could do with being simplified. For starters, I don't think all the group games are necessary, surely a straight knock out would be the best option.

PhilTWTD added 11:30 - Nov 13

Just spotted that, thought those groups had completed last night. Amended.

SouperJim added 15:38 - Nov 13
Wallingford, was intended to be tongue in cheek, but I did quote the article as written...

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