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Preview: Rovers v Southend

Mowbray's men can move a step closer to promotion this weekend

5 April 2018

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Rovers will be looking to claim a fourth consecutive win when Southend make the trip to Ewood Park on Saturday.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, Rovers secured a vital 2-1 win at relegation-threatened MK Dons, a result which means we have lost just once in 28 league games. Tony Mowbray's side sit top of the League One standings, one point ahead of second-placed Shrewsbury and two ahead of third-placed Wigan, who have a game in hand. Going into this weekend's game, the Blues have scored 74 goals in 2017/18, conceding 36 times at the other end. The clash against Southend is our final Saturday 3pm kick-off of the season, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

Rovers will hope to have defender Darragh Lenihan available for this clash following a recent knock; he could partner Charlie Mulgrew, who had a spell at Southend in 2008. Jack Payne will also be eager to start, having won promotion with this weekend's opponents three years ago. Meanwhile, Ryan Nyambe remains a couple of weeks away from a comeback, and loanee Harry Chapman is back at parent club Middlesbrough for treatment following a hamstring injury. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups an hour before kick-off on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Southend currently sit 12th in the standings, with 53 points from their 40 games so far this season. Managed by former Huddersfield and Charlton boss Chris Powell, the Shrimpers were very impressive when beating Gillingham 4-0 on their last league outing. Southend's top scorers in all competition this season are Simon Cox and Jason Demetriou with eight. 

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

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. Don't forget to pop into the Roverstore before kick-off, with up to 50 per cent off 2017/18 home and away kits. Home fans can also enjoy a new pre-match bar in the Darwen End Legends' Lounge.  

OTHER FIXTURES

There are 10 other League One fixtures taking place on Saturday, including: Plymouth v Peterborough (3pm) and Wigan v MK Dons (3pm). Shrewsbury are not in league action, due to their participation in the Checkatrade Trophy final against Lincoln.


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