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Preview: Rovers v Blackpool

It's back to Ewood Park for Mowbray's men this weekend

8 March 2018

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Rovers will look to get back to winning ways when Blackpool make the short trip to Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, Rovers played out a 2-2 draw against fellow promotion hopefuls Wigan, a result which extended our unbeaten home league run to 15 games. Tony Mowbray's men now sit five points clear at the top of the table, though second-placed Shrewsbury and Wigan have games in hand. The Blues have scored 67 goals in 2017/18, conceding 35 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

Harry Chapman's return to full-time training means that Rovers have no injury concerns ahead of the game, though Saturday's match will come too soon for the attacker, who will get a run-out for the Under-23s next week. It's likely to be a similar story for midfield duo Peter Whittingham and Ben Gladwin, but Craig Conway is fit again. Mowbray also confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Ryan Nyambe is available after picking up a knock recently. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups an hour before kick-off on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Blackpool currently sit 17th in the standings, with 42 points from their 34 games so far this season. Managed by former Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, Blackpool's former has picked up of late, and they secured a 2-0 win at Portsmouth on their last league outing. The Tangerines' top scorer in all competition this season is Kyle Vassell with nine. Rovers will be hoping for a repeat of the reverse fixture at Bloomfield Road, which saw the Blues run out 4-2 winners.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're heading 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 League One fixture list on Saturday; here are the other games: Wimbledon v Oxford, Bradford v MK Dons, Bristol Rovers v Northampton, Bury v Oldham, Fleetwood v Plymouth, Peterborough v Charlton, Portsmouth v Gillingham, Rotherham v Rochdale, Shrewsbury v Walsall, Southend v Doncaster, Wigan v Scunthorpe. All games kick off at 3pm.


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