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Preview: AFC Wimbledon (A)

A look ahead to the long trip south in the final fixture of February

26 February 2018

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Rovers have an opportunity to cement their place at the League One summit with the three points, and with it a fourth consecutive win, against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday evening.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

It's been a good time of late for Rovers, who have recovered from that away loss at Plymouth Argyle at the start of February to bounce back and win their last three games. That trio of victories saw the team jump up to the top of the table, and Tony Mowbray's men know another victory on Tuesday night will see them cement their place at the summit and go six points clear of third placed Wigan should the Latics lose at Bristol Rovers on the same evening. Mowbray's troops will also be seeking revenge for Wimbledon winning at Ewood Park earlier in the season. Backed by sell out crowds at the Cherry Red Records and in Blues Bar for the live beamback, only a win will do for the team, with the home straight coming soon and the end of the season in sight. Kick-off in south London is scheduled for 7.45pm on Tuesday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Bradley Dack - who missed the weekend win at Walsall - will be in contention for the game against the Dons. Both Elliott Bennett and Danny Graham were ill in that victory against the Saddlers but Mowbray added the pair are now fine. Ben Gladwin, Craig Conway and Peter Whittingham have all returned to first team training, but the game comes too soon for any of them to play a part. Harry Chapman remains the only long-term absentee with a hamstring issue.

OUR OPPONENTS

Managed by Neal Ardley, AFC Wimbledon began in 2002 following the original Wimbledon's relocation to Milton Keynes. This season has been one of inconsistency, but despite the Dons being two points and three places from safety, they've been out of the bottom four for large parts of the campaign. A win on the night could see them leapfrog Walsall and up a place to 17th, depending on the Saddlers' game at Peterborough United on the same night.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're heading to the Cherry Red Records Stadium, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 

OTHER FIXTURES

Bristol Rovers v Wigan Athletic and Peterborough United v Walsall. Both games kick off at 7.45pm unless stated otherwise.

 


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