Preview: The Quarter-Finals

Just eight teams stay on this season’s Papa John’s Trophy, with a spot within the Semi-Finals up for grabs when the competition resumes in midweek.

That is proper, the Quarter-Finals are upon us, with every of the ties set to be played on Tuesday 2 February. This is a better take a look at what’s in retailer…

Tranmere Rovers v Peterborough United

In-form Tranmere Rovers are flying the flag for Sky Bet League Two on this season’s Papa John’s Trophy, having finished second in Northern Group D earlier than seeing off Manchester City U21s and Leicester City U21s to succeed in the last eight. Subsequent, they’re up against Peterborough United, who’re led by a man who has gained this competition twice as a manager already. Darren Ferguson’s males are well and actually within the Sky Bet League One promotion combine, and may have their sights set on silverware too, having crushed Portsmouth within the last round.

Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

Oxford United shall be hoping to hold their unimaginable latest kind within the league into the Papa John’s Trophy, once they take on fellow Sky Bet League One side AFC Wimbledon. Finalists in each 2016 and 2017, the U’s know a factor or two about getting past this stage, however AFC Wimbledon will fancy their possibilities too, having knocked out Arsenal U21s and Bristol Rovers. Oxford have gained every of the last 4 aggressive conferences between the edges, however this would be the first time they’ve confronted off on this competition. Who will come out on top on this all-League One conflict?

MK Dons v Sunderland AFC

One other battle between two Sky Bet League One sides sees 2019 Finalists Sunderland AFC journey south to take on MK Dons. The home side shall be searching for a repeat of their 2-1 league win over Sunderland in November – their first-ever victory over the Black Cats – however it’s Lee Johnson’s males who would be the favourites to progress right here. Sunderland’s high-scoring street to the Quarters has included wins over Oldham Athletic and Port Vale, whereas MK Dons have knocked out Norwich City U21s and Northampton City en path to the last eight.

Hull City v Lincoln City

Arguably the tie of the round comes on the KCOM Stadium, the place Hull City will go head-to-head with Lincoln City. Presently second and first in Sky Bet League One on the time of writing, this guarantees to be a fixture full of high quality, between two sides that can have focused the Trophy from the off in 2020/21. Hull’s unimaginable comeback victory over Fleetwood City within the last round may have them buoyed, and Lincoln shall be brimming with confidence too, after registering 22 photographs and 4 goals against Accrington Stanley in Round Three.

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