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Preview: Northampton v Rovers

Mowbray's men will be roared on by 1,475 travelling fans this weekend

21 December 2017

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Rovers will be hoping to make it seven league wins in a row with victory at struggling Northampton on Saturday afternoon.

Here's our guide to the game...


Rovers are in fine form going into this one, following last weekend's 2-0 victory over Charlton at Ewood Park. Tony Mowbray's men currently sit third in the standings, just a point behind second-placed Shrewsbury with a superior goal difference. The Blues have conceded just 19 goals in League One so far this season, but it's at the other end where we have really caught the eye lately, netting 39 times in 21 games. A win here could see the Blues break into the top two in time for Christmas. Kick-off at Sixfields is scheduled for the earlier time of 2pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.


Rovers midfielder Peter Whittingham could be available for selection following a recent muscular injury. Meanwhile, Elliott Bennett remains suspended, and Harry Chapman sidelined, but Darragh Lenihan is nearing a return. Mowbray could provide a further update during his pre-match press conference. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via and our official social media accounts on matchday. 


Northampton are 20th in the standings, just one point and one place above the relegation zone, with 22 points from their 22 games so far in 2017-18. Saturday's opponents did end a winless run by beating Walsall at home last time out, but have the worst goal difference in the league. Managed by former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Northampton have struggled for goals this season; Chris Long is the Cobblers' top scorer with five in all competitions.   


Rovers have the highest average away attendance in League One, and will be backed by another sold-out away end this weekend, with 1,475 fans making the trip south. If you're heading to Northampton, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 


As mentioned, Northampton v Rovers is Saturday's early kick off, with the majority of League One's other sides in action at 3pm. Here are the other fixtures: Wimbledon v Bradford, Bristol Rovers v Doncaster, Charlton v Blackpool, Oxford v Wigan, Peterborough v Bury, Plymouth v Oldham, Rochdale v Walsall, Rotherham v MK Dons, Scunthorpe v Southend, Shrewsbury v Portsmouth. 

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