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Papa John's Trophy: How Can We Qualify?

10 November 2020

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Club News

Papa John's Trophy: How Can We Qualify?

10 November 2020

We analyse the current standings in Group G ahead of this evening's final round of fixtures.

It’s the final round of matches in the group stages of the Papa John’s Trophy this week, and the standings in Group G are delicately placed ahead of kick-off.

Barrow take on Accrington Stanley on home soil, while Blackpool host Leeds United Under 21s on Wednesday – and, as it stands, all four sides could still qualify for the knockout stages.

The top two will go through automatically to the Last 32 so there could be some twists and turns on the horizon as far as The Bluebirds are concerned.

Here, we try to bring you up to speed on everything you need to know and what needs to happen for David Dunn’s men to progress in the competition.

If two teams in a group are level on points then the following criteria will be applied in this order to determine their final standings:

  1. Goal difference
  2. Goals scored
  3. Number of wins after 90 minutes
  4. Head to head record, taking in to account in order of precedence: points gained, goal difference, highest number of goals scored
  5. If clubs are still on an equal ranking then it will be decided by drawing of lots

As It Stands

Barrow will win the group if:

  • They beat Accrington and Blackpool fail to win by a bigger margin than Barrow

Barrow will qualify if:

  • They beat Accrington
  • They draw and Leeds beat Blackpool by fewer than seven goals
  • Both games in the group end in draws and then Barrow or Leeds take the penalty shootout bonus point

Barrow will be knocked out if:

  • They are beaten by Accrington
  • They draw and Blackpool beat Leeds
  • They draw, lose the shootout and Leeds beat Blackpool by seven or more goals
  • They draw, win the shootout but Blackpool also draw, score more goals than Barrow and then win their shootout

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