Tuesday evening sees Plymouth Argyle make the 306 mile trip to Ewood Park, to take on Rovers for the first time in 25 years.
Tony Mowbray’s side will be looking to bounce back from an awful performance at Oldham on Saturday, with a win against the bottom of the table Pilgrims.
It’s been a turbulent few years for both clubs, with Rovers fall from the Premier League to League 1 and Argyle’s drop, from Championship playoff contenders to League 2 relegation candidates, running almost concurrently.
Rovers are once again without Paul Downing and Corry Evans, whom Mowbray said he expects to see return to training on Thursday. They join our only long term absentee, Darragh Lenihan, on the sidelines.
TM also hinted that places are up for grabs and that changes may be made as Rovers aim to resuscitate a promotion push.
Plymouth are struggling with injuries at the moment. Having already been without McCormick, Taylor, Threlkeld, Ness and Ciftci, Antoni Sarcevic became the next casualty to be on the physio’s table.
This could lead to Argyle boss Derek Adams calling up some youth players to the squad in coming games.
Rovers’ last 5: LDWWL
Rovers’ poor start to the season spluttered into life with 4 wins in a row, before a poor loss to Wimbledon and a lucky point at Shrewsbury. Wins over Rotherham and Gillingham before the international break gave hope of another unbeaten run, but that was nipped in the bud by Oldham and Queensy Menig’s last minute winner on Saturday.
Argyle last 5: LLLLD
Plymouth are struggling to say the least.
After promotion from League 2 last season, a return to League One has been challenging for the Devon outfit, with the Green Army currently languishing at the bottom of the table. Argyle only have 6 points on the board from 13 games, with a 2-0 victory over Charlton on match day 2, their only win so far. But a 1-1 draw with the EFL’s only unbeaten side, Shrewsbury Tow,n on Saturday was a lot more positive for Derek Adams’ side; the Plymouth manager also saying that Argyle deserved more from the game.
Rovers last meeting with Plymouth was a very bittersweet affair. Argyle hosted Rovers at Home Park on the final day of the 1991/92 season, as Rovers won 3-1 to confirm a Divsion Two playoff place whilst relegating the Pilgrims in the process. Kenny Dalglish’s side went on to beat Leicester at Wembley and win promotion to the newly formed ‘Premiership’. The rest is history.
The last meeting of the two sides at Ewood Park was in fact Kenny Dalglish’s first game in charge of Rovers in October 1991. Once again, Rovers came out on top with a 5-2 win.
I feel that we need to make changes to the side that lost at the weekend. We need more attacking impetus and players like Dack and Chapman who offer this should be starting. It’s no good sitting back against a side with the worst goalscoring record in the league. We need to go out attacking early on.
Prediction: Rovers 2-0 Plymouth Argyle
Rovers scorers: Dack and Antonsson
Come on you Blues!
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