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Stevenage vs Crystal Palace U21s

Stevenage vs Crystal Palace U21s

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At the bottom of Group C in the EFL Trophy Southern Section, Stevenage and Crystal Palace Under-21s are set to clash on Tuesday evening, though neither team can progress to the next round. Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon have already secured their spots for the next stage from this section.

Stevenage, having earned a place in League One for the 2023-24 season, has begun the term impressively, accumulating 29 points from their first 17 league matches, positioning them fifth in the division. The team arrives for this game on the back of three consecutive wins, including a 4-3 triumph over Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup’s first round.

Their recent victory against Wycombe in League One further extended their unbeaten streak to five matches in all competitions. Despite their strong league form, they sit third in Group C of the EFL Trophy, with one point from two games, unable to advance further.

Crystal Palace Under-21s, rooted to the bottom of the section, faced defeats in both of their Group C matches. Eliminated from the competition, they recently suffered a 4-2 loss to Ipswich Town Under-21s in the Premier League Cup.

However, their victories against West Bromwich Albion Under-21s and Leeds United Under-21s in the Premier League 2 indicate a semblance of form, accumulating nine points from eight matches, placing them 16th in the table.

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Stevenage’s head coach, Evans, intends to rotate the squad, eyeing the upcoming clash with Lincoln City. Elliott List, having been an unused substitute against Wycombe, is likely to feature in the attacking line for this upcoming match.

Krisztian Hegyi is anticipated to take the goalkeeper’s spot, and Nathan Thompson should secure a place in the defensive line for Tuesday’s game. Meanwhile, for Palace Under-21s, the team is expected to retain a similar lineup to their previous match against AFC Wimbledon in this competition.

Highly-touted Malcolm Ebiowei is set to gain more playing time, aiming to impress the first-team head coach, Roy Hodgson. Additionally, Franco Umeh might enter the Eagles’ frontline during the match.

Potential Lineups


  • Goalkeeper: Hegyi
  • Defenders: Freeman, Thompson, Piergianni, Hannam
  • Midfielders: White, Neal, MacDonald, Thompson
  • Forwards: List, Pressley

Crystal Palace Under-21s

  • Goalkeeper: Whitworth
  • Defenders: Imray, Sheridan, Grehan, Adaramola
  • Midfielders: Ebiowei, Ozoh, Ahamada, Wells-Morrison
  • Forwards: Akinwale, Umeh

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