Blackburn Rovers v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Blackburn Rovers this weekend hoping to end a run of five losses in a row in all competitions.

Rovers have one win in their last eight matches in a run that has seen them slip down the league table.

Rovers face their namesake in Blackburn this weekend and manager Darrell Clarke has heaped praise on the Lancashire side.

“Blackburn are on a high at the minute, I went and watched them in midweek against Oxford and they performed very well,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“They are a team of players with Championship experience.

“But for me, certainly against Fulham and Wolves, Championship teams we have faced in the cup, we have done very well so we need one of those sort of performances to go to Blackburn and win.”

Top scorer Billy Bodin is in contention to start after coming off the bench in the 3-1 defeat at home to Wimbledon last time out, the midfielder had been out for just over a month with a hamstring injury.

Blackburn go into the game in a run that is a stark contrast to the run that this weekend’s opposition are on, unbeaten in their previous six league games.

The run has led them into a playoff place, but the same run has provided some question marks over fitness in the squad and manager Tony Mowbray has addressed these concerns.

“The key for this weekend is to assess who we feel can play three games in a week,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“What positions on the pitch do we need some fresh legs.

“We have another game on Tuesday and every game is as important as the next one so to not blow the team energy wise with three games in a week we have to get the balance right.

“We want to get to a stage where the individuals can play at the same levels that they have been showing.”

Blackburn have no new injury concerns but Mowbray is expected to make changes, having not named an unchanged side this season.

Stats

This is the first meeting between the two sides since 1992.

Bristol Rovers have won 15 of the previous meetings, Blackburn have won 13 with there being seven draws.

Blackburn went 15 games against Bristol Rovers without winning, this was between 1972 and 1979.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 43/92 clubs in England and counting.

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