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Preview: Rovers v Brentford

Mowbray's men return to Ewood for a big clash this weekend...

24 August 2018

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Rovers will look to continue what has been a solid start to the 2018/19 campaign when Brentford travel to East Lancashire this Saturday.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, a spirited fightback against Reading saw Rovers come from two goals down to salvage a point at Ewood Park and remain unbeaten in 2018/19. In the absence of Bradley Dack, captained Charlie Mulgrew stepped up when it mattered, scoring two second-half penalties in front of the Blackburn End. Next up, it's another tough test on home soil, this time against Brentford, who are also yet to lose a game this season. With four league matches played, the sides are 9th and 4th respectively going into this one. As always, we'll be in attendance, 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. 

TEAM NEWS

Mowbray confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Friday that he has a decision to make on whether to include Dack in his squad this weekend, but added it's likely Kasey Palmer will play a part after missing the Reading game. Meanwhile, attacking duo Adam Armstrong and Dominic Samuel, who limped off in midweek, are set to miss out. The former is expected back next weekend, but Samuel is awaiting the results of a scan. The game may also come too soon for Derrick Williams (foot) and Jacob Davenport (hip flexor). Joe Rothwell's man-of-the-match performance against Reading could put him in contention for a start here, and new signing Jack Rodwell will hope to be a part of the matchday squad. Both starting line-ups will be released an hour before kick-off on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Saturday's game will be the 34th competitive meeting between the sides, with Rovers winning 17 and drawing four of the previous clashes. We've won our last three matches against Brentford, including our most recent league meeting in May 2017. Brentford finished 9th in the Championship last season, just six points outside the play-offs, with 69 points from their 46 games. They have two wins and two draws on the board so far this season, with victories coming against Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday. They will be without their star French striker Neal Maupay this weekend; he's been given a three-game ban for violent conduct.

TICKETS

Tickets are still available, and can be purhcased from the ticket office at Ewood, online or over the phone on 01254372000. 

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. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.


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