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Preview: Ipswich v Rovers

Our 2018/19 Championship campaign starts here!

3 August 2018

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Rovers will look to begin life back in the Championship with an opening-day victory at Ipswich this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...


Football is back! Following promotion back to the second tier at the first attempt back in May, our 2018/19 Championship campaign gets under way this weekend at Ipswich Town's Portman Road. The game marks the start of a 46-game season, during which the Blues will look to continue the positive results and momentum created last term. Manager Tony Mowbray and his players have been pleased with the club's pre-season preparations, which included a 3-0 win over Premier League side Everton at Ewood Park, as well as the additions of midfielders Jacob Davenport, Joe Rothwell and Kasey Palmer. As always, we'll be in attendance for the game, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm on Saturday.


Of course, all eyes will be on the boss' first team selection of the season, with many players battling for a starting place. Competition has been higher than ever this summer, and Rovers will have a squad of players raring to go for this one. There are just two injury concerns ahead of our trip to Suffolk, with Davenport (hip flexor) and Ben Gladwin (knee) doubtful. Mowbray could hand official debuts to Rothwell and Palmer, with the latter joining in with training throughout the week after joining on Monday. Ipswich, meanwhile, have made a number of signings this summer, with Peterborough's Gwion Edwards and Bristol Rovers' Ellis Harrison among those in contention to start for the first time. Both starting line-ups will be released an hour before kick-off on matchday.


Ipswich's new manager Paul Hurst believes their should be "no limit" to what the club can achieve this season, within reason. The 43-year-old joined the club earlier this summer after impressing in League One last season, with his Shrewsbury side giving Rovers a season-long battle for automatic promotion but ultimately coming up short. As mentioned, the Tractor Boys have made a number of additions since Hurst's arrival, and will be looking up after a mid-table finish in 2017/18. Of course, Mowbray knows all about Ipswich, having played for, captained and managed the club earlier in his career. Saturday's game will be the 54th competitive meeting between the sides; the most recent was a five-goal thriller at Portman Road in January 2017.


Tickets for the game are still available, and can be purhcased at Ewood until 3pm on Friday, or on the turnstiles at Ipswich (cash only). For more information, please contact the ticket office on 01254 372000.


If you're heading to Suffolk on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.


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