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Preview: Rovers v Sheffield United

Wednesday's clash will be the first between the sides in over 11 years...

1 October 2018

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Rovers will look to begin October with a winning performance when Sheffield United make the trip to East Lancashire on Wednesday night.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers played out an action-packed 2-2 draw against promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park. Having gone 1-0 down, goals from Adam Armstrong and Bradley Dack put the Blues in front, but a contentious penalty saw the visitors take a point. Our next test sees high-flying Sheffield United head to Ewood, and is sure to be a test of Rovers' 382-day unbeaten home league record. Rovers are just a point off the play-off places going into this one, while United are the same distance off the top of the table. 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 7:45pm. 


Defensive duo Charlie Mulgrew and Derrick Williams could return following injury and suspension respectively, as could striker Ben Brereton, who was ineligible to play against his former club at the weekend. Right-back Ryan Nyambe could miss out after being withdrawn with a hamstring problem against Forest, and Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long-term absentees. Tony Mowbray is expected to give further updates in his pre-match press conference. Both starting line-ups will be revealed an hour before kick-off on matchday via social media.


Sheffield United come into this game following back-to-back league wins against Preston and Millwall, in which they have scored a total of six goals. Managed by Chris Wilder, the Blades have 19 points from their 10 Championship games this season and, in David McGoldrick, have the league's second top scorer so far. Having finished 10th last term, United will be looking to secure a place in the top six this time around, and early form suggests they could well be contenders. There have been 146 games played between the teams, with Rovers winning 54 and drawing 36 of the previous meetings. Wednesday's clash will be the first since February 2007, when a Morten Gamst Pedersen double gave the Blues all three points in a dramatic 2-1 win at Ewood.


Tickets are still available for the game, and can be purchased online, over the phone (01254372000) or from the ticket office at Ewood Park. Fans are advised to buy in advance to avoid the matchday price increase.


If you're heading to Ewood on Wednesday, 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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