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by The Rovers Review

After a positive 1-0 victory against the closest thing to local rivals this year, Grimsby Town, Rovers travel to struggling Notts County for a Boxing Day match.

James Coppinger is half way through his 3-match ban, so will not be involved for this match. Craig Alcock, who missed the Grimsby game, due to a last minute knock on his back, is expected to return back to the side. Should Alcock return, Blair will likely be pushed back into midfield, and that could come at a cost for Harry Middleton, who featured for the first time in the league since October against Grimsby. Liam Mandeville could continue the role he played - filling in for Coppinger at CAM - with Williams and Marquis continuing to try and rekindle their partnership upfront.

Head-to-head
County have one of the worst home records in the league with them only winning one game at home this season. Rovers are quite inconsistent away from home however, because we've won 5 on the road, but also lost 5. Rovers are currently the best offensive team in the league, with a total of 43 goals scored already this season, and County have one of the worst defences in the league, racking up with 36 goals conceded against them.

Players to watch
Although they have one of the worst defences in the league, County actually have former championship goalkeeper Adam Collin in goal, who has previously played for Rovers' local rivals Rotherham United. Former Rovers striker Jonathan Forte is County's main striker since signing for John Sheridan's side in the summer, and he has gone on to score 5 goals in 17 appearences for the Magpies.

Previous encounters
Last time Rovers faced Notts County was in April 2015, where we were defeated 2-1 at Meadow Lane. A penalty from former Rovers striker Nathan Tyson was the only consolation during that defeat.

Overall we've won just as many as we've lost by beating the Magpies 23 times since 1930, out of 54 encounters.

Predicted line-up v Notts County:

Marosi; Alcock, Baudry, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Blair, Rowe, Mandeville; Marquis and Williams.
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by The Rovers Review

Rovers will miss their captain as Grimsby Town visit the Keepmoat. James Coppinger will miss this Saturdays game against the Mariners after picking up a straight red card for putting his hands on Argyles keeper McCormick at the weekend, after McCormick taunted Rovers youngster, Liam Mandeville, for missing a penalty.

Harry Middleton, Alfie Beestin and Riccardo Calder are a few possible replacements for James Coppinger. After impressing against Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy, Harry Middleton is the player I'd expect to get the nod. That could, in turn, result in Darren Ferguson changing his system by playing Tommy Rowe in Coppinger's position, and putting Middleton on the wing, similar to where he played against Morecambe earlier on in the season.

For the first time this season Rovers have failed to score in a game. If Mandeville and Marquis will get the nod again this week the pressure will be on them both to bounce back. Andy Williams should also be edging closer to his first start since his return from injury.

As it stands, there are no new fresh injury concerns for Rovers - for once.

Head-to-head
Rovers are the second best team at home in the league, and we're joint with Carlisle on points at home (24), but Grimsby have scored one more, and conceded one less than us, at home. Grimsby are the ninth best team in league two for reasons; they've won 4 on the round out of 10, and have collected 15 points out of a possible 30.

Player to watch
Grimsby's 23 year-old striker Omar Bogle is the player to watch, as he's score a whooping 16 goals already this term, with all 16 coming in league games.

Previous encounters
Last time we faced Grimsby was in the former Johnstones Paint Trophy, where we drew 2-2 in November 2007. Grimsby won 5-4 on penalties; goals from Lewis Guy and Paul Heffernan helped Rovers get to the shoot out.

Predicted lineup v Grimsby Town
Marosi; Alcock, Baudry, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Blair, Middleton, Rowe; Mandeville and Marquis.
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by The Rovers Review

Rovers will miss their captain as Grimsby Town visit the Keepmoat. James Coppinger will miss this Saturdays game against the Mariners after picking up a straight red card for putting his hands on Argyles keeper McCormick at the weekend, after McCormick taunted Rovers youngster, Liam Mandeville, for missing a penalty.

Harry Middleton, Alfie Beestin and Riccardo Calder are a few possible replacements for James Coppinger. After impressing against Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy, Harry Middleton is the player I'd expect to get the nod. That could, in turn, result in Darren Ferguson changing his system by playing Tommy Rowe in Coppinger's position, and putting Middleton on the wing, similar to where he played against Morecambe earlier on in the season.

For the first time this season Rovers have failed to score in a game. If Mandeville and Marquis will get the nod again this week the pressure will be on them both to bounce back. Andy Williams should also be edging closer to his first start since his return from injury.

As it stands, there are no new fresh injury concerns for Rovers - for once.

Head-to-head
Rovers are the second best team at home in the league, and we're joint with Carlisle on points at home (24), but Grimsby have scored one more, and conceded one less than us, at home. Grimsby are the ninth best team in league two for reasons; they've won 4 on the round out of 10, and have collected 15 points out of a possible 30.

Player to watch
Grimsby's 23 year-old striker Omar Bogle is the player to watch, as he's score a whooping 16 goals already this term, with all 16 coming in league games.

Previous encounters
Last time we faced Grimsby was in the former Johnstones Paint Trophy, where we drew 2-2 in November 2007. Grimsby won 5-4 on penalties; goals from Lewis Guy and Paul Heffernan helped Rovers get to the shoot out.

Predicted lineup v Grimsby Town
Marosi; Alcock, Baudry, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Blair, Middleton, Rowe; Mandeville and Marquis.
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Due to the lack of home games in December the VSC board have elected to hold the AGM on January 2nd 2017, to be held prior to the Stevenage game. It will be held in the Belle Vue Bar at 11am.

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by The Rovers Review

After being knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy to fellow league two partners Blackpool, Rovers look to remain at the summit of the table as we travel to promotion rivals Plymouth Argyle.

Andy Williams completed 60 minutes during midweek for his comeback from injury, but isn't expected to start this weekend as the Mandeville and Marquis partnership is expected to continue.

Harry Middleton is another player who returned from injury on Tuesday night, and he completed the full 90 plus penalties. Middleton and Keegan were two players in particular who Ferguson was full of praise for because of their attitude during the game on Tuesday. However, with our current midfield the league of Houghton, Blair, Rowe and Coppinger being so in-form at the moment, it's unlikely Middleton and Keegan will start.

There are no other fresh injury concerns for Rovers, which is something positive for once.

Head-to-head
Rovers have won 12 of our games in the league so far this season, and Plymouth are equal to that amount too. They've only lost one more game than us.
Rovers haven't failed to score in any of their games this season, and Plymouth have only failed in 4 games not to find the back of the net.

Player to watch
Plymouth's main goal scoring threat doesn't come from any of their strikers, but it does in fact come from their number 10 midfielder Graham Carey, who currently has 8 goals this term, just one more than Andy Williams and Liam Mandeville.

Previous encounters
The last time we faced Plymouth was in the championship during 2010 at the Keepmoat, where we lost 2-1. The only consolation was that James Coppinger managed to get a goal during this match.
We have actually won 13 times out of 33 games against Argyle since 1935.

Predicted lineup v Plymouth
Marosi; Alcock, Baudry, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Blair, Rowe, Coppinger; Mandeville and Marquis.
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