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Preview: Rochdale v Rovers

All the information you need ahead of Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy clash

6 November 2017

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Rovers make the short journey to Rochdale on Tuesday night, looking to advance to the next stage of the Checkatrade Trophy.


Rovers go into the match unbeaten in five matches in all competitions following Saturday's 3-1 win over Barnet in the FA Cup. Victory over Rochdale here would almost certainly see Rovers top the group and quality for the knockout stage of the competition. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:45pm, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account.


Mowbray is expected to name a youthful line-up for Tuesday's game. The boss has described the match as "a really good opportunity" to give minutes to some Under-23s, and could therefore call up several youngsters. Joe Nuttall may feature again, while Rovers are boosted by the return of Dominic Samuel and Richie Smallwood from suspension. However, we will be without Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans, who are away on international duty. Having played for MK Dons, Paul Downing is ineligible, while Craig Conway, Harry Chapman and Darragh Lenihan remain sidelined through injury.


Like Rovers, Rochdale are also without defeat in five games going into this match. Dale currently sit 17th in League One, and secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Bromley in the FA Cup first round at the weekend. They won their opening Checkatrade Trophy group game by the same scoreline at Bury, but later lost on penalties to Stoke Under-21s. 


If you're heading to Rochdale to support the lads on Tuesday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 


Elsewhere in Group C, third-placed Bury host fourth-placed Stoke Under-21s on Wednesday evening. If Rovers fail to win on Tuesday, qualification would depend on the result at Gigg Lane, with the top two teams going through to the knockout stage.

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