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Our under-23s play Peterborough at London Road tomorrow afternoon, knowing that a win will guarantee a  place in the Premier League Cup Round of Sixteen.

The group games are almost over with fourteen of those places secured but Group D, our group, is the most intriguing with Sheffield United now assured of a place while any of the other three teams could join them.

Sheffield United are currently top with ten points having completed their games. Assured of a knockout place, they are not definite group winners and will be hoping for anything but a Peterborough win tomorrow to ensure they do finish top with Everton hoping that we draw.

Should Peterborough beat us, they will win the group and go through with Sheffield United. A draw would see Everton take that second place but a win for the Clarets will see us go ahead of Everton on goal difference, take second place and win the group.

The teams through already are:

Group A: West Brom and Arsenal
Group B: Middlesbrough and QPR
Group C: Derby and Charlton
Group D: Sheffield United
Group E: Wigan
Group F: West Ham and Wolves
Group G: Huddersfield and Newcastle
Group H: Fulham and Stoke

We got off to a good start in the competition, beating Sheffield United 3-0 at Chesterfield back in October at Chesterfield with goals from Michael Mellon, Ne-Jai Tucker and Max Thompson. That was followed by three dates with home losses against Peterborough and Sheffield United sandwiching a defeat at Everton.

All looked lost but we still knew that two wins from the final two games would see us go through and Joe McGlynn’s late winner at Leyland last Friday against Everton has set up tomorrow’s showdown.

We currently have six points from those two wins and Peterborough are on seven points. We both know a win is needed to go through, anything but and we open the door for Everton to go through.

Kick off tomorrow is 1 p.m.

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