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Preview: Rovers v Charlton

Rovers return to Ewood looking to make it six league wins in a row

15 December 2017

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Rovers can move into League One's automatic promotion places with victory over Charlton Athletic at Ewood Park this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...


Rovers come into this one on the back of five straight league wins, as well as a midweek Emirates FA Cup triumph over Crewe. 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 37 times in 20 games. Mowbray admitted in his pre-match press conference that Rovers will have to be on top form to claim another win here, with Charlton also impressing in attack. Kick-off at Ewood Park is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.


Speaking on Thursday, Mowbray revealed that some of his players were feeling the effects of playing in difficult conditions in recent weeks, but hopes to have the likes of Marcus Antonsson available for selection. The boss also hinted that Willem Tomlinson could start, should Corry Evans need more time to recover from the injury he picked up during the win at Peterborough. Elliott Bennett remains suspended, and Harry Chapman sidelined, but Darragh Lenihan is nearing a return. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via and our official social media accounts on matchday. 


Charlton are sixth in the standings, just inside the play-offs, with 35 points from their 20 league games in 2017-18. Saturday's opponents have hit a bit of a bump in recent weeks, winning just one of their last five league games and exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Wimbledon. Managed by former MK Dons boss Karl Robinson, Charlton have a talented squad; Tarique Fosu-Henry leads their scoring charts with seven goals so far this season.


At Ewood Park for this weekend's big clash? Then be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 


Twenty two of the 24 teams in League One are in action on Saturday. Here are the fixtures taking place elsewhere: Wimbledon v Wigan, Doncaster v Oldham, Gillingham v Bristol Rovers, Northampton v Walsall, Portsmouth v Bury, Rochdale v Oxford, Rotherham v Plymouth, Scunthorpe v MK Dons, Shrewsbury v Blackpool, Southend v Bradford. All games kick off at 3pm.

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