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Preview: Rovers v Oldham

The Blues are back in league action at Ewood on Saturday afternoon

8 February 2018

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Rovers will look to get back to winning ways when Oldham make the short trip to Ewood Park this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, Rovers suffered a 2-0 defeat at in-form Plymouth, a result which brought an end to our long unbeaten run in the league. Tony Mowbray's men currently sit third in the standings, one point behind second-placed Shrewsbury having played a game more. Rovers have now conceded 29 league goals so far this season, scoring 54 times at the other end, with Bradley Dack and Danny Graham leading the way with 12 strikes apiece. Kick-off against Oldham is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

Captain Charlie Mulgrew could be named in the squad following a recent ankle injury, while Corry Evans came off the bench at Plymouth and may be in contention for a start. Elsehwere, midfield trio Peter Whittingham, Ben Gladwin and Marcus Antonsson are all making progress in their respective recoveries, Darragh Lenihan is likely to be given more game-time with the Under-23s on Friday before making a first-team comeback, and Harry Chapman's return is also getting nearer. Mowbray is expected to provide a further update during his pre-match press conference. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via rovers.co.uk and our official social media accounts on matchday. 

OUR OPPONENTS

Oldham are in 21st the standings, one point from safety with 32 from their 31 games so far in 2017-18. Our weekend opponents are managed by Ritchie Wellens, and won 2-1 against play-off hopefuls Bradford on their last league outing, their first victory in nine games. The Latics have scored 43 league goals this season, with Eoin Doyle (12) their top scorer in all competitions, but they've let in a league-high 56 goals at the other end.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're coming to Ewood this weekend, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages.

OTHER FIXTURES

There's a full set of League One fixtures taking place on Saturday, here are the other games: Wimbledon v Northampton, Blackpool v Walsall, Bradford v Bury, Doncaster v Charlton, Gillingham v Peterborough, MK Dons v Portsmouth, Oxford v Bristol Rovers, Rochdale v Fleetwood, Scunthorpe v Rotherham, Shrewsbury v Plymouth, Southend v Wigan. All games kick off at 3pm.


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