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Aston Villa U21s Complete Papa John's Trophy Group

Blues to face young Villans

23 June 2022

Papa Johns Trophy

Pompey will play Aston Villa U21s in the group stages of the 2022/23 Papa John's Trophy.

The Premier League side's youngsters were drawn into Southern Group B, which already contained the Blues and League Two duo AFC Wimbledon and Crawley.

Pompey will take on the Villans and one of the other clubs at Fratton Park, while also having one away fixture as they battle for a place in the knock-out stages.

Kenny Jackett guided the Blues to EFL Trophy glory with a memorable penalty shoot-out victory over Sunderland in 2019.

But the Blues were defeated by Salford in the delayed 2020 showpiece and went out in the third round last term.

Southern Group A Southern Group B Southern Group C Southern Group D
Charlton AFC Wimbledon Cheltenham Peterborough
Colchester Crawley MK Dons Stevenage
Gillingham POMPEY Walsall Wycombe
Brighton U21 Aston Villa U21 West Ham U21 Tottenham U21
Southern Group E Southern Group F Southern Group G Southern Group H
Bristol Rovers Exeter Oxford Cambridge
Plymouth Forest Green Leyton Orient Ipswich
Swindon Newport Sutton Northampton
Crystal Palace U21 Southampton U21 Chelsea U21 Arsenal U21
Northern Group A Northern Group B Northern Group C Northern Group D
Harrogate Bolton Port Vale Accrington
Hartlepool Crewe Shrewsbury Rochdale
Morecambe Tranmere Stockport Salford
Everton U21 Leeds U21 Wolves U21 Liverpool U21
Northern Group E Northern Group F Northern Group G Northern Group H
Barnsley Derby Barrow Bradford
Doncaster Grimsby Carlisle Burton
Lincoln Mansfield Fleetwood Sheff Wed
Newcastle U21 Man City U21 Man United U21 Leicester U21

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