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Preview: Rovers v Shrewsbury

It's second v third at Ewood Park on Saturday, with three big points at stake

11 January 2018

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Rovers will look to take a significant step towards the automatic promotion places with victory over second-placed Shrewsbury Town this weekend.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, Rovers were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup following a narrow third-round defeat against Championship side Hull, a result which brought an end to our 18-game unbeaten run. Tony Mowbray's men currently sit third in League One, five points behind second-placed Shrewsbury with a superior goal difference. The Blues have conceded just 23 league goals so far this season, scoring 45 times at the other end. Kick-off at Ewood Park 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

Striker Adam Armstrong could make his Rovers debut after completing a loan move from Newcastle on Tuesday. Marcus Antonsson remains unavailable after limping off during the draw with Scunthorpe, and the game may come too soon for Corry Evans and Peter Whittingham. Ben Gladwin is still recovering from minor knee surgery, while Harry Chapman remains a long-term absentee. Meanwhile, Darragh Lenihan is close to making a return. 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

As mentioned, Shrewsbury are in second the standings, with 54 points from their 25 games so far in 2017-18. Saturday's opponents are managed by former Grimsby boss Paul Hurst, and won 1-0 against Oldham in their last league outing. The Shrews have scored 33 league goals this season, with Stefan Payne (9) their top scorer, but it's at the other end where they have really impressed. Shrewsbury have let in just 15 league goals all season, with Bradley Dack's late equaliser in September's reverse fixture the only league goal they have conceded from open play at home to date.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

We're calling on you to get behind the team again this weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here, call 01254 372000 or come down to the Roverstore at Ewood Park.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're heading to Ewood, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. Speaking ahead of the game, Mowbray said: "There are 11 players on the pitch, and hopefully the fans as the extra man can help us get a result this weekend."

 

OTHER FIXTURES

There's a full League One fixture schedule on Saturday, with all games kicking off at 3pm. Here are the other games: Blackpool v Bristol Rovers, Bradford v Northampton, Bury v Charlton, Doncaster v Plymouth, Gillingham v Rochdale, MK Dons v Wimbledon, Oldham v Rotherham, Portsmouth v Scunthorpe, Southend v Fleetwood, Walsall v Oxford, Wigan v Peterborough.


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