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Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Rovers

We look ahead to the long trip down south on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup third round

25 September 2018

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Rovers will look to continue what has been a solid start to the 2018-19 campaign when we take on AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium this evening.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers produced an excellent team display to earn the three points against Stoke City to continue our fine start to the season. Rovers have defeated League Two sides Carlisle United and Lincoln City in rounds one and two already, whilst Bournemouth won against MK Dons in the last round. 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 on Tuesday. 

We last met in February 2015, with a 0-0 result in the Championship encounter. The game against the Cherries this time around will have to be decided on the night, with the clash going straight to penalties should the score remain even after 90 minutes.

All Carabao Cup games to be played this week can be seen below:

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Arsenal v Brentford
Burton Albion v Burnley
Wycombe Wanderers v Norwich City
Oxford United v Manchester City 
West Ham United v
Macclesfield Town
Millwall v Fulham
Liverpool v Chelsea
AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers
Preston v Middlesbrough
Wolves v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Blackpool v QPR 
Everton v Southampton 
Manchester United v Derby County 
Nottingham Forest v Stoke City


Tony has confirmed there will be changes to the side and it's expected that the likes of Jack Rodwell and Joe Rothwell could be involved. Dominic Samuel is definitely out, as is Ben Gladwin. Jacob Davenport is still a week or two away from returning after picking up a recent setback in training. The game is also expected to come too soon for skipper Charlie Mulgrew, who steps up his comeback from a calf injury. Tony has said that some senior players may be left at home, and that may mean the likes of Elliott Bennett, Bradley Dack and Danny Graham are given the night off.


Our last meeting was in February 2015 when both sides played out a 0-0 draw in the Championship encounter. The last time we met in this competition wasn't short of entertainment through back in September 2004. Brett Emerton gave Rovers an early lead at Ewood Park before Bournemouth responded through Garreth O'Connor and Karl Broadhurst. Morten Gamst Pederson equalised in the final minute to take the tie to extra time. Paul Gallagher gave Rovers the advantage before John Spicer took the game to penalties. Bournemouth progressed after winning 7-6 on spot kicks, and incidentally, current Cherries boss Eddie Howe played the full game at the back for the Dorset side.


If you're heading to Dorest on Tuesday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.

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