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Preview: Rovers v Rotherham

Mowbray's men could climb into the play-off places this weekend...

8 November 2018

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Rovers will look to build on last weekend's win over QPR with victory against Rotherham at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers secured a 1-0 win over QPR, courtesy of a late penalty from Bradley Dack. While the game was far from a classic, the result lifted the Blues to eighth in the Championship table, just a point outside the play-off places with 16 matches played. Dack's goal was his ninth in all competitions this season, and there will be an exclusive interview with the attacker inside Saturday's matchday programme. Next up, Rovers welcome 18th-placed Rotherham to East Lancashire, knowing that another three points could move us further up the table ahead of the international break. As always, we'll be in attendance, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 3:00pm. 


Tony Mowbray confirmed during his pre-match press conference on Thursday that several players are "touch and go" ahead of the game, including David Raya, who has trained with the first-team squad. Captain Charlie Mulgrew has also trained but will have a scan before a decision is made o

Meanwhile, Corry Evans will serve a one-match ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against QPR, and Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long-term absentees. Rotherham's star man, Will Vaulks, won't feature this weekend due to suspension. Both starting line-ups will be revealed an hour before kick-off on matchday via social media. 


Rotherham have had mixed results since their return to the second tier, winning four, drawing five and losing seven of their matches so far. The Millers' record away from home is the worst in the division; they are yet to win on the road this season, but come into this game on the back of a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over Swansea on home soil. Saturday's clash will be the 43rd between the sides, and our first at Ewood since last September, when Rovers ran out 2-0 winners. The Blues have an excellent record in this fixture, and have suffered just one defeat against Rotherham since 1983. Our overall record reads W24 D7 L11.


This weekend, Rovers will pay tribute to fallen servicemen and women as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations and Armistice Centenary. Ex-service personnel and representatives of the Royal British Legion, Cadet Forces, Great War Society and Memories & Comrades community group will be special guests of the club and will perform a pre-match tribute, including a Guard of Honour for the two teams. As a mark of respect, supporters from each club will lay wreaths in the centre circle and a minute’s silence will take place prior to kick-off, during which the Last Post will be played by bugler Mark Holt. The Rovers players will also wear specially-embroidered poppy shirts, which will then be signed and auctioned by Sky Bet via the CharityStars website to raise valuable funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.


Tickets are still available for this weekend's match. Click here, call 01254372000 or visit the ticket office to purchase yours.


If you're heading to Ewood on Saturday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. Our handle on both platforms is now @Rovers. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.

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