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Preview: Rovers v Bristol Rovers

Can Mowbray's men make it three league wins in a row this weekend?

23 November 2017

Rovers can go as high as fourth in the League One table with victory over Bristol Rovers at Ewood Park this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Rovers have reason to be confident going into this fixture, having won twice on the road in the space of just four days, scoring seven goals in the process. A 4-2 win at Oxford on Tuesday kept the Blues in the play-off places, with games in hand over four of the top five. The impressive midweek victory also means Tony Mowbray's side are unbeaten in six league games and now have the second best goal difference in League One. Kick-off against Bristol Rovers 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.

TEAM NEWS

Mowbray confirmed on Tuesday that Corry Evans was withdrawn against Oxford after feeling unwell during the game, and is expected to provide a further update in his pre-match press conference. Midfield duo Craig Conway and Ben Gladwin are nearing a return, while Harry Chapman and Darragh Lenihan remain long-term absentees. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via rovers.co.uk and our official social media accounts on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Bristol Rovers have struggled of late, and currently sit 17th in the standings, just three points above the relegation zone. The Gas have picked up just one win in the league since October 7th, and suffered a 3-1 defeat at home to Wimbledon last time out. Manager Darrell Clarke, who was previously in charge at Salisbury City, has overseen two promotions at the Memorial Ground and will now be aiming to rediscover some of last season's form, which ultimately saw the club finish just seven points outside the play-offs. Their top scorer in 2017-18 is Billy Bodin, who has nine goals in all competitions so far. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This will be the first meeting between the sides in any competition since March 1992, and the first at Ewood Park since December 1991, when Blackburn secured a 3-0 win. Overall, the teams have played 35 matches, with our first-ever clash ending in a 5-1 victory for the Blues in 1931. 

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

“The fans were amazing and I’m glad we’ve given them something to cheer about tonight," Mowbray said after Tuesday's win at Oxford. If you're heading to Ewood this weekend, 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 on Saturday, here are the other fixtures: Wimbledon v Walsall, Doncaster v MK Dons, Fleetwood v Blackpool, Gillingham v Oldham, Northampton v Bury, Portsmouth v Plymouth, Rochdale v Peterborough, Rotherham v Wigan, Scunthorpe v Charlton, Shrewsbury v Bradford, Southend v Oxford. All games kick off at 3pm. 


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