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by The Rovers Review

Rovers search for back-to-back wins for the first time since January as they host relegation-threatened Notts County.

The two current casualties, Paul Keegan and Joe Wright, will remain out for this game, where as Liam Mandeville comes back into contention for the game after being available for the Cheltenham game, but wasn't risked. Rovers defence will be looking for their third consecutive clean sheet in a row following Cheltenham and Crawley.

Notts County are fighting for their lives after appointing Kevin Nolan as their manager when they were in the relegation zone, but have since rose to 19th in the league with some notable victories, such as their 1-0 victory against Rovers' promotion rivals Plymouth Argyle.

Head-to-heads
Rovers have won two of their last five games in the league - drawing the other three games. County also have a decent record from their past few games with them only losing one in five with a 3-0 defeat to Stevenage away from home.

From their past five games Notts County have scored 6 goals and kept 1 clean sheet, where as Rovers have scored 8 and kept 2 clean sheets.

Players to watch
Veteran striker Jon Stead is their top goal scorer with 13 league goals this season.

Their main providers for goals has come from their defenders; Carl Dickinson and Matt Tootle picking up 4 assists each this season, and with them being right and left backs respectively it means that they'll probably be playing in a similar way to Rovers by playing from the back.

Previous encounters
Last time we faced County was on Boxing Day, when Rovers came out 1-0 victors with a goal from Andy Williams.

The last time County visited the Keepmoat was in January 2015 in League One when they drew 0-0.

Overall, Rovers have won 24, drawn 8 and lost 23, against County since 1930. Safe to say the chances of it being a draw tomorrow look slim!

Predicted lineup v Notts County
Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Alcock; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.
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by The Rovers Review

After picking up 4 points out of 6 on the road in the previous two games, Rovers look to back-to-back home games, beginning with the visit of Cheltenham Town.

Striker Liam Mandeville comes back into contention of the starting 18 after successfully recovering from injury, which in turn applies added pressure to current strikers Alfie May and John Marquis, with Andy Williams and now Liam Mandeville looking to break back into the first team. Joe Wright has begun 'straight line running', which means he's almost recovered from his little set-back and Paul Keegan has also injured himself, so he'll be out for a short amount of time too.

Should Rovers get another penalty this weekend the big question will be, who will take it? Ferguson has ruled out previous contenders Marquis, Williams and Rowe, and he hinted that a defender could take the step up; could Baudry be next to step up to the spot? In addition Ferguson shared his disbelief that Coppinger hasn't been a penalty taker during in his time at the club.

Darren Ferguson wants form to get back on track after describing Rovers recent bad form as "good" at the same time, due to the fact that they've still managed to pick-up points still and remain unbeaten at home, while maintaining in top spot in the league.

Head-to-heads
Cheltenham could be set to break a club record, after not conceding in their last four games. If they make it to the 50th minute without conceding, then they've broke the record.

Their away record isn't too good however, having only picked up 17 points from 16 games on the road, which see's them with 20th worst record in the league, just in front of Accrington, Newport, Yeovil and Hartlepool.

Players to watch
Midfielder, Billy Waters, is their player to watch with 10 league goals this campaign.

For obvious reasons, goalkeeper, Scott Brown will be one hard player to beat, because he'll be wanting to be part of a record-breaking team, in addition he hasn't conceded in his last four games.

Previous encounters
Previously on the road, Rovers were 1-0 victors with a goal John Marquis.

Last time Cheltenham came to the Keepmoat was in, January 2009, which was in the FA Cup and saw Sean O'Driscoll's men comfortably win 3-0, with goals from Brian Stock and Sam Hird.

Predicted lineup v Cheltenham Town
Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Alcock; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.
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by The Rovers Review

Rovers look to make it back-to-back wins as they visit Crawley Town this Saturday.

Although he was expected to possibly be available, Liam Mandeville has been ruled out until at least the Cheltenham game next weekend. Luke McCullough will start training next week after being ruled out for the season during summer last year, which means he could be back into the team by April.

Ferguson has praised John Marquis for reaching 20 goals this season against Cambridge by saying that he's, "the best I have worked with" along with the likes of Gayle and Assombalonga. He's also urged for Rovers "to put their foot on the gas" so we keep winning games, but only take each game as it comes and try not to look too far into the future.

Head-to-heads
Crawley have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 2 from their last 8 home games leaving them with a decent home record considering they sit 16th in the league.

It's fair to say as John Marquis reaches 20 goals for this campaign - making him the first Rovers player to reach 20 football league goals in 40 years - that Rovers are going to be the team who threaten to score the most goals with 66 goals already scored this season compared to Crawley's 41 goals, 20 of which have come at their home ground.

Players to watch
Crawley striker, James Collins, is their top goal scorer and is going to be Ian Lawlor's biggest threat, as he looks to join Marquis in the 20's club as he currently sits with 18 goals in total this season, 16 coming in the league.

Their midfielder, Jimmy Smith, is their second top goal scorer with 6 goals in the league this season - he's also had the most assists for Crawley by getting 5 assists too.

Previous encounters
Crawley last faced Rovers on the second game of the season, which ended in an infuriating 1-1 draw, due to Rovers not being able to take chances.

Last time visiting the Checkatrade.com Stadium, Rovers were 5-0 victors with goals from Andy Butler, Richie Wellens, Nathan Tyson, Harry Forester and Curtis Main - safe to say somethings have changed since that game in February 2015.

Predicted lineup v Crawley Town
Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Alcock; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.
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by The Rovers Review

After not winning in the last four games, Rovers are expected to get back to winning ways this Saturday with the visit of John Coleman's Accrington Stanley.

Midfielder Jordan Houghton has returned to his parent club, Chelsea, after sustaining an injury, which will keep him out until the end of the season. Ferguson has said that there's plenty of players who can step into his position, such as Paul Keegan, Harry Middleton, Mathieu Baudry and Niall Mason.

However, I do doubt that it'll be Baudry to make the step up, due to the fact that fellow defender Joe Wright has suffered a knock in training and will be out for 3-4 weeks; another blow to Rovers defence injury wise.

Gary McSheffrey is still far from starting, but is still going to be used as an 'impact player', during games where we need his skill upfront.

Ferguson also has a selection headache over whether to drop Andy Williams, who hasn't scored since boxing day and replace him with new boy Alfie May, who scored his first ever Rovers and football league goal on his home debut against Luton last Saturday.

Head-to-heads

Accrington have the third-worst away form in the league only managing to pick up 13 points away from home, whereas Rovers maintain the best home form in the league by not losing at home so far this season.

Accrington have only scored 12 goals on the road this season, so it's safe to say they may not be causing too much of a goal threat, however they've only conceded 22 goals this season away from home, whereas Rovers have conceded 38 at home.

Players to watch

Midfielder, Romuald Boco is their key player, who has managed to score six goals in 11 appearances for Accrington.

Another 'Kee' player for Accrington is, Billy Kee, who has scored 10 in 21 for Accrington.

Previous encounters

Rovers last faced Accrington on the first day of the season, which ended in a 3-2 defeat for Rovers, with a late goal from Sean McConville to seal the three points for Accrington on that day. Goals from Tommy Rowe and Andy Williams on the day, however, made the defeat seem less embarrassing.

Last time Accrington visited the Keepmoat stadium was in August 2010, when they visited for the league cup, and ended up beating Rovers then too by 2 goals to 1. Again, their goals on that day came late on in the game, so they ended up nicking the win.

Predicted lineup v Accrington Stanley

Lawlor; Alcock, Butler, Baudry, Mason; Grant, Blair, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.
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by The Rovers Review

After suffering a 2-1 defeat away to promotion rivals, Carlisle United, Rovers look to extend their home run by bouncing back and beating fellow promotion rivals, Luton Town.

Defenders, Andy Butler and Mathieu Baudry should be available for selection after missing Carlisle's defeat through sickness bug and injury respectively. Gary McSheffrey is nowhere near starting, but Ferguson has alluded to the fact that he is considering him to be an impact player as it stands. Liam Mandeville has begun training on the grass, but isn't any closer to featuring again.

Ferguson has said there is no "doom and gloom" with anyone associated with the club after failing to win in three matches, but he did say that his team needs to be more "ruthless", in both boxes.

Loanee midfielder, Jordan Houghton, has said that the current form is "dissapointing", but is confident of replicating the same run Rovers did after falling to defeat at Plymouth a few months ago. Houghton also said that he hasn't thought about his future for after the season, but would be open to a possible return to the Keepmoat.

Head-to-heads
Luton have the second best defence in the league - just behind Portsmouth - due to them only conceeding 29 goals within 31 games. However, the second best defence in the league will come up against the best offensive team, with Rovers scoring  60 within just as many games.

Rovers remain unbeaten at home this season, and with just 8 more home games to go will they be able to continue this form? Or will Luton, who have 24 points from 15 games (away from home), be able to do something no other team have done at the Keepmoat this year, and that is beat Rovers?

Players to watch
Striker, Danny Hylton, has 18 goals in total for the hatters this season, with 14 coming in league two.

Their star midfielder, Cameron McGeehan is out with  a broken leg, and he managed to score 10 league goals, before his huge injury midseason.

Previous encounters
In the reverse fixture, Luton beat Rovers frustratingly 3-1, after Rovers took the lead early on courtesy of, James Coppinger.

In the previous home fixture in 2008, Rovers won 2-0 with goals from: Matthew Mills and Mark McCammon.

Overall, Rovers have quite a poor record over Luton winning 7, drawing 5 and losing 11 since 1947.

Predicted lineup v Luton Town
Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; Marquis and Williams.
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