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Preview: Rovers v Luton Town

A look ahead to today's battle against The Hatters as Rovers look to make it a super September

28 September 2019

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Rovers return to action later today when Luton Town make the trip to Ewood Park for game number nine of the Championship season.

Whilst the hosts come into the game off the back of consecutive September victories, the latest of which came at Reading last weekend, The Hatters have had a tricky start to life back in the second tier.

Following back-to-back promotions, alongside the summer appointment of Graeme Jones, today's visitors come into today's game in 21st place in the table.

They've lose their last two league games and suffered a heavy home defeat to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Although they do score goals, with only seven teams finding the net on more occasions than Jones' men, they do concede at the other end - only basement pair Huddersfield Town and Stoke City have shipped more than the 16 that Luton have conceded so far this term.

The player to keep an eye on this afternoon is hitman James Collins, who has four goals already this campaign in the Championship.

The frontman was the league's top marksman in 2018-19 and earned the Player of the Year award for League One after firing Town to promotion back to the second tier.

In terms of team news, Tony Mowbray has mainly a full fit squad to choose from for the clash, with Ben Brereton the only definite absentee for the game.

Tosin Adarabioyo and Joe Rothwell both missed out on the squad against Reading due to injury and illness respectively, but are both expected to be fit and available to the boss for the game today.

Greg Cunningham is expected to keep his spot at left back, with Elliott Bennett, set for his 150th appearance for the club, on the other flank as Mowbray looks set to opt for a back four.

Lewis Holtby could be pushing for a start and a home debut in blue-and-white after impressing in his 20 minutes cameo at The Madejski Stadium.

He could get the nod, with a three-game week to come over the next seven days, with Mowbray likely to rotate his squad a little, with Nottingham Forest to come on Tuesday night.

Christian Walton is set to start against one of his former clubs as he looks to earn a fourth successive clean sheet at Ewood Park.

The last time we saw a goal go against us on home turf in the league was on the opening day of the campaign.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 3pm and you can track all the action via iFollow Rovers and across our social media accounts.

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