Match Preview | Argyle v Crystal Palace Under-21s
Argyle face Crystal Palace Under-21s on Tuesday evening in the final group game in this season’s Papa Johns Trophy. The game kicks off at Home Park at 7pm.
Both sides head into the game with chances of progressing through the group, although it is Argyle who have the situation in their own hands.
The Pilgrims top the four-team table with five points from two games so far, with Bristol Rovers in second place on four points and Palace in third with three. Swindon Town, who have no points, cannot go through.
If Argyle win in 90 minutes they will be through. If the game is a draw, it will go to a penalty shoot-out for an extra point, but regardless of who wins that, Argyle would still be guaranteed of progressing. If Palace win in 90 minutes, Argyle will be relying on Swindon being Rovers, by any method.
Thus far, Argyle have drawn 1-1 with Rovers, beating them in a shoot-out, and followed up with a 3-1 win at Swindon. Palace also won at Swindon, beating the Robins 2-0, before losing by the same margin in Bristol.
Palace's Under-21 side are managed by Paddy McCarthy, a former centre-back who played more than 150 games for the Eagles. Palace are top of the Premier League 2 table; Premier League 2 is a competition for the Under-21 teams of Category 1 Academies, with an allowance of over-age players.
The game kicks off at 7pm.
"It won’t be an easy game. Crystal Palace have been ok when I have watched them, played some good stuff. They need to come here and win.
“It’s a good stage for [our young players] to learn and get some more experience. They’re doing great for the Under-18s, which is good, but a step up in this competition if different for them, playing with the first-team players. Also, the pressure is different, it is good to know if they can handle it and perform in that environment."
Conor Grant will be making his first Argyle start since April. Dan Scarr is available for the game despite currently serving a league suspension. Steven Schumacher has indicated that, as in previous Papa Johns Trophy games, several young pros and Under-18 players will be involved in the match-day squad.
Tickets remain available to purchase online at argyletickets.com. The Home Park Ticket Office will be open until kick-off for supporters wishing to purchase on the day of the fixture.
Turnstiles will open two hours before kick-off, from 5pm.
Live video coverage of the game is available for £10 for both domestic and international supporters. Click here to see details of how to view in your region.
Richard Amofa will host a free pre-match show from 6pm, joined by Brian McGlinchey. Commentary of the game will be provided by Charlie Price and Katie Middleton.