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Preview: Bury v Rovers

The Blues return to league action with a trip to The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane

16 November 2017

Rovers will look to climb back into the League One play-off places with a win at Bury this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Tony Mowbray's side currently sit seventh in the League One standings, just outside the play-offs, but have played fewer games than the majority of the top six sides. Rovers have conceded just 12 goals in the league so far this season, a tally bettered only by the top two. Kick-off against Bury is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow Rovers subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

In-form striker Joe Nuttall scored on his first senior start for Rovers against Rochdale last time out and is pushing for a place again. Blackburn were boosted by the return of Dominic Samuel and Richie Smallwood in that game, and the duo could also feature this weekend. Harry Chapman remains sidelined after having successful surgery on his hamstring, while Darragh Lenihan continues to make progress in his recovery from a long-term problem. Mowbray could provide a further update on his squad on Thursday and, as always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups in the build-up to kick-off on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Bury sit bottom of the table and are without a win in the league since October 14th. The Shakers are currently five points from safety and were knocked out of the FA Cup following a 3-0 defeat at home to non-league Woking in the week. Former Leeds and Preston striker Jermaine Beckford is Bury's top scorer in 2017-18, with eight league goals to his name so far. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Rovers have traditionally fared well against Saturday's opponents, winning 34 and drawing 15 of the 81 previous meetings between the sides. In fact, Rovers have lost just one league game against Bury since 1954. The most recent league game between the sides was in May 1980. 

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

Having enjoyed superb support all season, Rovers could take up to 3,750 fans to Bury this weekend, a following which would be our biggest of the season to date. If you're making the journey to support the lads, 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's a full League One schedule this weekend, here are the other fixtures: Bristol Rovers v Wimbledon, Charlton v MK Dons, Fleetwood v Doncaster, Northampton v Scunthorpe, Oldham v Rochdale, Peterborough v Blackpool, Plymouth v Oxford, Portsmouth v Southend, Rotherham v Shrewsbury, Walsall v Gillingham, Wigan v Bradford. All games kick-off at 3pm.


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