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Preview: Rovers v Middlesbrough

It’s a lunchtime kick-off against the Teesiders

16 February 2019

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Rovers are back in action on Sunday, when Middlesbrough come to Ewood.

Here’s our guide to the game…


The Blues currently sit in 14th position in the Sky Bet Championship table, looking to end a run of three successive defeats. 

Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Reading has left Rovers eight points off the play-offs. 

Amari’I Bell had given Rovers a route back into the game at the Madejski Stadium, before a late Royals winner handed the home side all three points.

Tony Mowbray is coming up against his former club once again on Sunday. Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw at the Riverside in early December. 

Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick put Rovers ahead before Boro equalised to take a share of the spoils.  

As always, we'll be bringing you team news and live updates on the game via social media. Fans can follow all the action on our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm. 


There are no new injury concerns for Tony Mowbray. Darragh Lenihan isn’t ready for the weekend’s game, while long-term absentees Ben Gladwin and Dominic Samuel are unlikely to impact this season. 

Meanwhile, Harry Chapman is getting closer to a return and could feature for Rovers Under-23s on Monday night. 


Middlesbrough come into the game off the back of the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Wednesday. Defender Daniel Ayala was sent off and will miss their trip to Ewood. 

It was a first defeat in seven league games for Boro, who have aspirations of promotion this season.

Despite defeat, Tony Pulis’ side are still inside the Championship play-off places on goal difference. 


Tickets are still available to buy for Sunday's game. Click here, call 01254372000 or visit the ticket office to purchase yours.


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