Rovers will be looking to bag a fourth win on the spin as they make the short journey across Lancashire to face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
The Tangerines currently sit in tenth position in the Sky Bet League One standings having gained promotion via the League Two Play-Offs under former Rovers boss Gary Bowyer last season.
Rovers are still without Craig Conway, Harry Chapman, Ben Gladwin & Darragh Lenihan through injury.
Conway and Gladwin are more likely to return for the Crewe game, although this may come too early for both midfielders.
Lenihan hasn’t played since the opening day of the season but is recovering well from his injury setback according to Tony Mowbray, who looks to slowly ease him back into first-team contention.
The Tangerines still remain without Mark Cullen, Jim McAlister & Clark Robertson for this fixture through injury.
Form Guide (league only)
Rovers’ Last 5: DDWWW
Rovers head into the game with three victories in five games & just one defeat in the last eight matches.
Rovers began the last 5 games with a goalless draw at Wigan, after referee Darren England sent off Elliott Bennett. This was followed up by a 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town at Ewood Park, with Rovers leading twice only to be pegged back.
A trio of victories – over Bury (3-0), Oxford United (4-2) & Bristol Rovers (2-1) respectively – leaveS Rovers in 5th place in League One.
Blackpool’s Last 5: LLWDD
Blackpool has struggled for consistency since their shock exit in the FA Cup first round.
Since their 2-1 reserve at Vanarama National League side Boreham Wood (not included in this form guide), the Tangerines have dropped off the pace in the league.
Blackpool began these last 5 games with a 1-0 loss away to Northampton Town.
A 2-3 defeat at home to Portsmouth was followed by an away success at Peterborough (1-0) before draws with Gillingham (1-1) and Fleetwood Town (0-0).
Last meeting at Blackpool:
Blackpool 1-2 Rovers – Championship – Saturday 16th August 2014
Blackpool Line-Up: Lewis, Daniels, Joan Oriol, Clarke, Lundstrum, McMahon, Perkins (Davies 88), Cywka (Zenjov 68), Mellis (Zoko 45), Delfouneso, Miller. Subs not used: Parish (GK), Dielna, Dunne, Rentmeister.
Scorer: Tomasz Cywka (53).
Rovers’ Line-Up: Robinson, Lowe, Hanley, Baptiste, Olsson, King (Marshall 84), Cairney, Evans, Conway, Rhodes (Williamson 76), Gestede. Subs not used: Eastwood (GK), O’ Connell, Dunn, Taylor, Varney.
Scorer: Rudy Gestede (26, 47).
Last meeting in all competitions:
Rovers 2-0 Blackpool – FA Cup – Saturday 28th January 2017
Rovers Line-Up: Steele, Nyambe, Lenihan, Greer, Williams, Bennett, Lowe (c), Akpan (Guthrie 67), Conway, Graham (Mahoney 72), Gallagher. Subs not used: Raya (GK), Brown, Travis, Tomlinson, Stokes.
Scorers: Gallagher (9) Bennett (22).
Blackpool Line-Up: Slocombe, Mellor, Robertson, Aimson, Aldred, Taylor, McAlister, Osavi-Samuel (Matt 55), Pugh, Payne (Yeates 63), Cullen (Odelusi 55). Subs not used: Lyness (GK), Nolan, Daniel, Philliskirk.
Sent Off: Mellor (55)
Head-to-Head In All Competitions: 55 Games: -18 wins for Rovers, 16 draws, 21 wins for Blackpool
Rovers will feel confident of getting a good result from this game having won their previous three fixtures but Blackpool shouldn’t be underestimated. The Tangerines have proved stern opposition for many teams this season & have proved difficult to beat & their manager Gary Bowyer will be keen to get one over against the club that sacked him so Rovers need to be on their guard. I can see Rovers winning this one though.
Prediction: Blackpool 1-2 Rovers
Blackpool Scorer: Spearing.
Rovers Scorers: Dack, Antonsson.
Let’s hope Rovers head home with a fourth successive win & local bragging rights from our midweek trip to the seaside.
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