Man United trophy kick-off time vs Sunderland Papa John’s, TV details and team news

The group stage of the competition continues this week with a handful of Premier League academy teams taking on EFL teams

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The group stage of the Papa John Trophy continues in the middle of the week.

Tonight only two games take place, two intriguing ties that pit the EFL teams against the Premier League academies.

Sunderland welcomes young Manchester United in a revamped game in what could be a tasty encounter. The Black Cats have made a good start to the season but will be keen to keep the trophy they won at Wembley last year after defeating Tranmere.

Sunderland only played its first game of this year’s competition last week, beating Lincoln City.

As for United, they lost to Imps in their opener before impressively winning at Bradford last time around.

Before the game, here’s everything you need to know.

Where and when is it?

The Stadium of Light, Sunderland

The match will take place at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, October 13.

Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

Can I watch it?

The game will be broadcast live on MUTV with a ramp-up from 6:45 p.m.

Contest rules

Winners get three points for a win as usual, but if a match ends after 90 minutes it is penalized.

The resulting winner is then awarded two points and the loser one point.


Sunderland is the favorite to get all three points, with the hosts marked at 4/7 with Skybet.

Visitors are priced at 7/2, with the match scored at 14/5 to end a draw and head straight for the kicks.

Team news

Strict conditions apply regarding the selection of teams.

EFL clubs must have at least four ‘qualified’ outfielders in their rosters, with players having to meet requirements such as having started the previous match or having made at least 40 first-team appearances in their careers.

Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson has said he is prepared to accept a fine if it turns out that the club have not selected a sufficient number of “qualified” players.

However, Black Cats boss Lee Johnson has criticized the schedule for this game – during an international break with a group of his players out.

He said last week that the club would be ready to accept the £ 5,000 fine that comes from failing to pick at least four ‘qualified’ players.

Johnson said: “I see this as a very good opportunity for some of the Under-23s who have done quite well.

“You know the rules, you get fined if you don’t play four (qualifying players) – which is ridiculous, I think.”

As for United, several of their youngsters prepared for this game by training with Carrington’s first team during the break.

Charlie Savage, son of Robbie, trained with Carrington’s first team in preparation for this game

People like Alvaro Fernandez, Dillon Hoogewerf, Joe Hugill and Charlie Savage have all stepped up to train with those non-serving first-team players like Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Donny van de Beek.

Under-23 boss Neil Wood is allowed to pick two players over the age of 21, provided they have more than 40 senior games under their belt.

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