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Preview: Rovers v Crewe Alexandra

Mowbray's men aiming for progress in the FA Cup on Sunday

1 December 2017

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Rovers can slide into round three with victory against Crewe Alexandra at Ewood Park on Sunday.

Tickets remain available for the game - see you there.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Rovers come into this one on the back of four straight wins in League One, whilst opponents Crewe have lost four of their last five matches. However, the visitors have shown they're capable of causing an upset in the competition already this term having beaten Rotherham United in the first round, so Rovers can't take the Railwaymen lightly. The Cheshire side pushed Rovers all the way just over a year ago in the EFL Cup and the hosts will likely face another stern test this time around. Kick-off against Crewe at Ewood is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

Tony Mowbray has confirmed he will make changes to the lineup for the FA Cup clash and Craig Conway could well get some game time after his injury lay off. Fellow midfielder Ben Gladwin still remains a week or two away from returning to training, whilst Harry Chapman and Darragh Lenihan remain long-term absentees, but the latter had positive news from a recent re-assessment. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via rovers.co.uk and our official social media accounts on matchday. 

OUR OPPONENTS

Crewe sit 17th in League Two, just three points off the relegation zone having suffered four defeats in their last five games. Chris Porter is their top scorer with seven goals and in Chris Dagnall and Jordan Bowery, Crewe have players who have represented clubs at a higher level. Boss David Artell will also have ex-Rovers' youth academy graduate Eddie Nolan to call upon on Sunday. 

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

At Ewood Park for the big cup clash and are a potent social media user like Elliott Bennett? Then be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 

OTHER FIXTURES

There are plenty of ties in the competition right across the weekend, with some of the stand out ones listed below:

Notts County v Oxford City, Notts County v. Plymouth Argyle, Fleetwood Town v Hereford, MK Dons v Maidstone United, Woking v Peterborough and Wycombe Wanderers v Leatherhead.


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