EFL Trophy South Third Round Preview 2018
Eight teams remain in this season’s EFL Trophy Southern draw, with a Wembley visit on the horizon for one of these clubs from League One, League Two, some of the controversially included U21 development teams.
Charlton Athletic v Oxford United
Both Charlton and Oxford sit just outside the playoff positions in League One, and both come into this in relatively good form. Charlton overcame Swansea U21’s in the previous round with a 3-2 win, whilst Oxford recorded a good 2-1 win at Gillingham. This is likely to be an entertaining game, with goals expected.
Luton Town v Peterborough United
League Two leaders Luton, welcome League One Peterborough, to Kenilworth Road. Luton are the top-scorers in the country and face a team who are often involved in high-scoring games. The Hatters beat West Ham’s U21’s 4-0 in the previous round, whilst Peterborough won 2-0 at Southend. Luton come into this off the back of a 3-1 defeat at Newcastle in the FA Cup, whilst the Posh recorded an excellent 3-1 win at Aston Villa in the same competition. Expect goals, and a thrilling game.
Portsmouth v Chelsea U21
Portsmouth are enjoying life back in League One, and currently sit sixth in one of the playoff spots. They have an impressive home record, winning the last two at Fratton Park, and won 2-0 at home against Northampton to make this stage of the trophy. Chelsea U21’s are the visitors and arrive having won 4-0 at the MK Dons in the previous round. Both sides will fancy their chances of progressing, but Portsmouth’s experience might just see them through.
Yeovil Town v Forest Green
Yeovil and Forest Green sit just outside the League Two relegation zone, so will see this competition as a welcome distraction. Yeovil come into this off the back of an excellent 1-0 win against Bradford in the FA Cup to make the fourth round, whilst Forest Green won their first league game in six attempts at the weekend. The Glovers were 2-0 winners against AFC Wimbledon in the last round of this trophy, whilst Forest Green won 1-0 at Swindon. Yeovil’s involvement in the FA Cup might see them rest some players, which will be to the advantage of the visitors.
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