Doncaster Rovers v Grimsby Town Match Preview


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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