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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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by The Rovers Review

After drawing the previous two games, Rovers look to get back to winning ways against 3rd place, Carlisle United.

James Coppinger is expected return to the starting 11, following his absence last Friday after picking up a knock in training. It's believed he was rested over the weekend so that he could feature against Carlisle and Luton in our next two games.

Defender Mathieu Baudry is a doubt after also picking up a knock during training, but information regarding his injury seems to be bleak. Joe Wright could keep his place in defense after impressing v Newport, or Craig Alcock could fill in at centre back and Matty Blair slide back into right back, allowing Coppinger back into midfield.

Striker Liam Mandeville his halfway through his recovery so won't feature against Carlisle, which is lucky for Andy Williams, because this gives him more time to try and get back to his scoring ways, with Williams not scoring so far this year.

Head-to-heads
Carlisle have the fourth best home record in the league picking up 29 points from 15 game at home. However, they have failed to win in their last four games at home. Doncaster on the other hand, are the third best away team in the league picking up 26 points away from home from 15 games; only Plymouth and Exeter have a better record.

At home Carlisle have scored 28 goals, whereas Rovers have scored 29 on the road - so you could think that there may be a few goals in this match!

Players to watch
Midfielder, Jason Kennedy, is Carlisle's player to watch with him scoring 11 goals in total for the Cumbrians and 10 of them have come in the league. He's closely followed by striker, Jabo Ibehre, who has score 7 league goals for Carlisle this season.

Previous encounters
Last time we met was back in September 2016 at the beginning of the season where we drew 2-2, and so far I believe that they have been one of the best teams I've seen come to the Keepmoat this season.The two goals in that game came from Tommy Rowe and John Marquis.

Last time we visited their place, we won 3-1 back in league one in 2012, with goals from Rob Jones, David Cotterill and Tommy Spurr.

Overall, Rovers have won 23 games, drawn 17 and lost 23 against Carlisle since 1927, in all competitions.

Predicted lineup v Carlisle United
Lawlor; Alcock, Wright, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Blair, Grant, Rowe; Marquis and Williams.
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by The Rovers Review

After winning all five games of 2017 so far, Rovers head into February looking to continue the superb run.

Fresh injury news coming in from Darren Ferguson is that youngster, Will Longbottom, has taken a 'knock' and as a result will be doubtful for this weekends match.

Ferguson has also confirmed that  new striker, Alfie May, wouldn't feature either after picking up an injury too. So, as it stands we're a bit light on attackers on the bench.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair has began to do basic warm-up training and Gary McSheffrey isn't too far off, but both players should be training by the end of the month.

After not losing a game at home this season, and also being 7 points clear at the top of the table , Ferguson is adamant that the players will not get complacent and that they still have a lot more potential within the team to do better.

In addition, Ferguson said that Cedric Evina now needs to compete to get his place back in the side. This comes after Evina failed to move out of the club, during the January transfer window.

Head-to-heads
Rovers have the best home form the league, as they remain undefeated at the Keepmoat since the start of the season and have collected a total of 36 points from 14 home games, while Morecambe collected 18 points from 12 games on the road.

Morecambe have one of the leakiest defences in the league, as they have conceded 43 goals in 25 matches, whereas Rovers have conceded just 34 from 28 matches.

Players to watch
Striker, Jack Dunn is Morecambe's player to watch, as he has scored 6 goals for the Shrimps this season, however only 2 have come in the league.

Midfielder, Kevin Ellison is their joint-second topscorer along with Paul Mullin scoring 5 goals this season for Morecambe.

Previous encounters
Last time out was in September 2016, where James Coppinger celebrated his 500th appearances for the club, as Rovers triumphed 4-1 with goals from: Andy Butler, John Marquis, Matty Blair and James Coppinger himself.

Predicted lineup v Morecambe
Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Mason; Houghton, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; Marquis and Williams.
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by The Rovers Review

After winning 3-1 in their last three games, Rovers look far down south to take on Yeovil for the final time this season.

Liam Mandeville is back to fitness and will come into contention for the starting 11, but will find it hard to replace Andy Williams and John Marquis. Matty Blair is said to be okay, after coming off with a 'knock' against Crewe during the 3-1 win, last Saturday.

Ferguson is looking to ship out four players, such as: Cedric Evina, Mitchell Lund, Reece Fielding and Louis Jones, all on loan. He has said that he'd like to see Evina and Lund especially leave on loan for more game time.

At the press conference on Thursday Ferguson alluded to the fact that it's not because of Cedric Evina's ability why he's not featuring, but simply that there is already depth there with Mason doing a good job at left back and Tommy Rowe being able to fit into left wing back if needed, as well Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who should be returning from injury soon.

Head-to-heads

Out of the last 8 league games, Rovers have the second best form record in the league behind Exeter City, collecting 19 points. Yeovil aren't in the best form, having earned just 7 points from the last 8 games.

Yeovil have a better defensive record than Rovers; they've conceded just 31 goals in 26 matches, whereas Rovers have conceded 34 in 27 matches.

Player to watch

Striker Francois Zoko is Yeovil's player to watch, as he is their top scorer netting 7 goals for far this season for the Glovers.

Previous encounters

Last time out at the Keepmoat Rovers won 4-1 with a hat trick from Andy Williams and a goal from James Coppinger back in August. Last time we visited Huish Park was during one of our seasons in league one in August 2014, where we won 3-0 with goals from Curtis Main, Harry Forrester and Theo Robinson.

Overall, Rovers have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 8 against Yeovil since 2003.

Predicted lineup v Yeovil Town

Lawlor; Blair, Butler, Baudry, Mason; Houghton, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; Marquis and Williams.
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