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Preview: Rovers v Bradford

Mowbray's men make their long-awaited return to action at Ewood on Thursday

28 March 2018

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Rovers can return to the top of the League One table with victory over Bradford City at Ewood Park on Thursday night.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, Rovers secured an impressive 3-0 win over Blackpool, a result which extended our unbeaten home league run to 16 games. Tony Mowbray's sit third in the standings, two points behind leaders Shrewsbury and one adrift of second-placed Wigan. Going into the Bradford game, the Blues have scored 70 goals in 2017/18, conceding 35 times at the other end. Kick-off at Ewood Park is scheduled for 7:45pm on Thursday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game. The game will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

TEAM NEWS

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mowbray said he would leave it "as late as possible" before making a call on captain Charlie Mulgrew, who played 90 minutes for Scotland in Hungary on Tuesday evening. Jayson Leutwiler, Derrick Williams, Darragh Lenihan and Corry Evans all returned from international duty earlier this week and have trained. Meanwhile, Ryan Nyambe remains a few weeks away from a comeback, and loanee Harry Chapman is back at parent club Middlesbrough for treatment following a hamstring injury. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups an hour before kick-off on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Bradford currently sit 10th in the standings, with 53 points from their 37 games so far this season. Managed by Simon Grayson, whose son Joe plays for Rovers' Under-23s, Bradford's 1-0 win over Gillingham last time out brought an end to their 82-day wait for a victory. The Bantams' top scorer in all competition this season is Charlie Wyke with 14. Rovers will be hoping for a repeat of August's reverse fixture, which saw the Blues run out 1-0 winners, thanks to Dominic Samuel's header.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're heading to Ewood on Thursday, 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 just one other League One fixture on Thursday, with Gillingham taking on MK Dons. There are nine games on Friday, including Wigan v Oldham (1pm) and Rochdale v Shrewsbury (3pm).


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