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Preview: Charlton v Rovers

After winning promotion on Tuesday, can Mowbray's men take the title race to the final day?

27 April 2018

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Rovers are on the way back to the Sky Bet Championship after winning promotion at Doncaster on Tuesday - but the League One title remains up for grabs! We travel to Charlton this weekend, looking for another three points...

Read our guide to the game below.


We are going up! Last time out, Rovers secured promotion back to the second tier, courtesy of Charlie Mulgrew's late winner in front of nearly 4,000 travelling fans. The skipper's header sparked incredible scenes of celebration, which lasted long into the night, one we'll never forget. Aside from the obvious, the result means we have lost just once in 33 league games, and have achieved our highest-ever points total in a season. Tony Mowbray's side sit second in the League One standings, one point behind leaders Wigan with two games left to play. Going into the Charlton game this weekend, we have scored 80 goals in 2017/18, conceding 38 times at the other end. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.


Ryan Nyambe will hope to be fit enough to play a part, after returning to training last week. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the boss said: "We've had players who have been carrying knocks for weeks now, but they've been battling through. I feel obliged to play a strong side, but there are a couple we won't take chances on now that we've achieved our goal." As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups an hour before kick-off on matchday.


Charlton currently sit 5th in the standings, with 68 points from their 44 games so far this season. It's a position which means points are precious, as they look to consolidate a place in the play-offs. Managed by their former player Lee Bowyer, the Addicks have won each of their last two games, including a 1-0 win at fellow promotion hopefuls Portsmouth on their last league outing. Their top scorer in all competition this season is Josh Magennis with 10; as a team, they've scored 57 league goals in 2017/18. The sides met at Ewood Park just before Christmas, with Rovers running out comfortable 2-0 winners.


If you're heading to the Valley on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. We'll be backed by another sell-out away end of over 3,000 fans!


There are 11 other League One fixtures taking place on Saturday, including: MK Dons v Scunthorpe, Oxford v Rochdale, Plymouth v Rotherham, Walsall v Northampton and Wigan v Wimbledon. All games kick-off at 3pm.

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