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Preview: Derby v Rovers

Mowbray's men return to Championship action with a trip to Pride Park

17 September 2018

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Rovers will be looking to build on a positive performance against Aston Villa when we travel to Derby on Tuesday night.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers played out a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Ewood Park, a result which saw our unbeaten home league run stretch to the one-year mark. Bradley Dack opened the scoring on his 50th appearance for the club, but the Blues were forced to settle for a point when Conor Hourihane scored a free-kick deep into injury time. Next, Tony Mowbray's men return to action against Derby, who will be looking to bounce back after a 1-0 defeat at Rotherham on their last outing. Our respective weekend results mean the sides are 7th and 13th going into this one. 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. 


Rovers have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with midfielder Jacob Davenport the only doubt. Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long-term absentees. Having come off the bench against Villa, summer signings Ben Brereton and Harrison Reed will be hoping for their first starts since arriving at the club, while Jack Rodwell is expected to play for the Under-23s against Arsenal on Monday evening before being considered for selection. Should Mowbray choose to rotate his side, the likes of Derrick Williams, Joe Rothwell and Kasey Palmer could return. Both starting line-ups will be revealed an hour before kick-off on matchday via social media. Derby will be without former Rovers man Tom Lawrence, who was sent off at the weekend. Rams manager Frank Lampard was also shown a red card during the game.


As mentioned, a 1-0 defeat at Rotherham last time out means Derby will be eager to get back to winning ways here. The loss came on the back of three straight league victories, which have contributed to what has been a good start to the season for the club. The Rams were losing play-off semi-finalists last season, and will be hoping to finish in the top six again this term. Their star man is arguably midfielder Mason Mount, who has made an impressive start to the season since joining on loan from Chelsea in the summer. Rovers have a good record against Derby, having won 55 and drawn 35 of the previous 131 meetings between the teams. The last two matches have also ended in Rovers victories, including a 1-0 win in February 2017.


Tickets are still available, and can be purchased on the day from the away ticket cabin at Pride Park, located in the south east corner of the stadium. Please note, there will be a £2 price increase on the day.


If you're heading to Derby on Tuesday, 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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