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Preview: Rovers v Scunthorpe

It's third versus fourth at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon

28 December 2017

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Rovers will be aiming to make it eight wins from nine games with victory over Scunthorpe United on Saturday afternoon.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Rochdale at Ewood Park, a result which extended our unbeaten run to 16 games. Tony Mowbray's men currently sit third in the standings, just one point behind second-placed Shrewsbury with a superior goal difference, meaning we could break into the automatic promotion places with a win. The Blues have conceded just 20 goals in League One so far this season, scoring 42 times at the other end. Kick-off at Ewood 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.


Mowbray confirmed in his pre-match press conference that there were no major injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game, adding that Dominic Samuel would be assessed after training, having missed our midweek match through illness. Ben Gladwin has had minor surgery on a knee injury and will now begin his recovery, while Harry Chapman remains a long-term absentee. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via and our official social media accounts on matchday. 


Scunthorpe are in fourth the standings, two points and one place behind Rovers, with 45 points from their 24 games so far in 2017-18. Saturday's opponents are managed by former Preston and Burnley defender Graham Alexander, and won 3-2 at Blackpool on their last outing. The Iron have scored 34 league goals this season, with Duane Holmes and Josh Morris (7) their joint top scorers in 2017-18.


If you're heading to Ewood on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. Tickets are still available for the game (click here to purchase). Please allow extra time to collect tickets, as we're anticipating high demand. 


There are nine other games taking place on Saturday, with Doncaster v Rochdale and Wigan v Charlton scheduled for Friday at 7.45pm. Here are Saturday's fixtures: Blackpool v Plymouth, Bradford v Oxford, Bury v Fleetwood, Gillingham v Wimbledon, MK Dons v Peterborough, Oldham v Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth v Northampton, Southend v Shrewsbury, Walsall v Rotherham. All games kick off at 3pm unless stated otherwise.

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