Bristol Rovers

Rovers v Bristol Rovers – Match Preview

Rovers will be looking to make it three league wins in a row with a victory over Bristol Rovers on Saturday at Ewood Park.

Following on from a 3-0 victory away at Bury and a 4-2 win away at Oxford, Rovers will now attempt to win on their own soil.

Two great away wins have given the Rovers faithful something to cheer about, and everyone associated with the club will hope this can be the run can be the catalyst for our season.

Team news

Following Corry Evans’ substitution at Oxford, Mowbray confirmed the Northern Irish international was feeling dizzy and “seeing stars.” It is unclear whether Evans will feature tomorrow, which means Peter Whittingham may return to the starting eleven.

Midfielders Craig Conway and Ben Gladwin are getting nearer to a return, but the Bristol Rovers game will come too early for the duo. They are likely to be back in training within the next week, and will then be assessed.

Rovers have two long-term absentees in Darragh Lenihan and Harry Chapman. Lenihan is likely to be back in full training within the next month or so, following his injury in the opening day defeat at Southend. Chapman will still be out for a few months following his hamstring injury at Wigan.

Bristol’s top scorer Billy Bodin has suffered from injury problems this season, and Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has said he can’t rush him back.

Form Guide (League only)

Rovers’ last 5: WDDWW

Rovers began the last 5 games with a 3-0 victory over Portsmouth at Ewood Park. Two draws followed – a 0-0 draw at Wigan with 10 men, before losing the lead twice in a 2-2 draw at home to Fleetwood.

Mowbray’s men got back to winning ways away at Bury last Saturday, defeating the then-managerless Shakers 3-0. They followed up this result with a great 4-2 victory over Oxford on Tuesday – leaving Rovers unbeaten in 6.

Bristol Rovers’ last 5: LLWLL

Bristol have hit a bad run of form recently, picking up only 3 points out of a possible 15. A 4-0 thrashing at league leaders Shrewsbury was followed by a 1-0 defeat at struggling Rochdale.

Their only win from the last 5 came with a 2-0 victory over MK Dons. However, the Gas returned to losing ways with a 1-0 loss at high-flying Scunthorpe. and then losing 3-1 at home to AFC Wimbledon.

Previous meetings

Last meeting – Bristol Rovers 3-0 Blackburn Rovers – 7th March 1992 – Old Division Two

Last meeting at Ewood Park – Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Bristol Rovers – 14th December 1991 – Old Division Two

Overall Head-to-Head – 13 wins for Blackburn Rovers, 7 draws, 15 wins for Bristol Rovers

Summary

Tony Mowbray and his men will be confident following the 7 goals they’ve scored in the victories at Bury and Oxford. On paper, it should be a Rovers win.

However, to get over-confident and say we’ll definitely win would be foolish. The first goal in this game is crucial, as Blackburn Rovers haven’t come back from conceding the first goal so far this season.

Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Blackburn Rovers scorers: Bradley Dack, Joe Nuttall, Charlie Mulgrew

Bristol Rovers scorer: Lee Brown

Come on you Blues!


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