Barrow and Blackpool will be Kicking Off their EFL Trophy campaign at Holker Street in the clubs’ first Group A contest.
Both teams will be looking to conjure a win as their group has Morecambe and Liverpool Under-21s with the latter considered the favourite of the four. Burrow have picked up 11 points from their opening six games in League Two, with three wins and just a sole loss to Stockport County leaving them fourth in the league table.
Only the top two teams will progress from Group A of the competition’s Northern Section, which means Blackpool are also aiming to pick up at least one point from their first of three qualifying fixtures. While they sit 12th in the League One table after six games, Neil Critchley’s men have made a similarly satisfactory start to the season as their midweek hosts, having lost just once in the league so far.
22/7/23: Barrow 0-5 Blackpool
9/8/22: Blackpool 0-0 Barrow
8/9/20: Blackpool 0-0 Barrow
18/8/20: Blackpool 2-1 Barrow
Blackpool starts their Group A campaign without Northern Ireland striker Shayne Lavery, who sustained a hamstring injury. Jordan Gabriel and Kyle Joseph are also absent again, but Karamoko Dembele recently arrived on a season-long loan from Brest and could make an appearance, after being an unused substitute at the weekend.
Robbie Gotts or Gerard Garner could be introduced up front for Barrow. Former Southend United striker Emile Acquah partnered Jamie Proctor on Saturday. Acquah scored his third goal of the season to earn a draw with Wrexham last week, having also netted against Accrington Stanley and Sutton United.
Barrow XI: Farman; Feely, Ray, Canavan, Tiensia; Foley, Campbell, Spence; Telford; Acquah, Proctor
Blackpool XI: Grimshaw; Pennington, Casey, Husband, Connolly; Hamilton, Dougall, Norburn, Morgan; Rhodes, Beesley
Both sides won their previous games but with some players set to leave for their international teams, this is the time most would want to impress. This should be a close encounter but Blackpool should carry the day owing to their experience.
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