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by The Rovers Review

Rovers look to seek revenge after losing 2-0 away at Plymouth earlier in season, as Rovers host the Pilgrims in front of Sky cameras.

Long-term absentees Luke McCullough and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair have the all-clear to feature in games for the remainder of the season. Ferguson has even said that McCullough is in his thoughts for this game too, so could we see a return for the Northern Irish international?

After featuring off of the bench recently, Gary McSheffrey has also been declared match fit now, so he can play a full 90 minuets of a game if required. Ferguson hinted that he's a good match with Coppinger, so says it will be easy to rotate the two around during matches to keep up the energy in that attacking area of midfield.

Paul Keegan isn't close to featuring this week, but he seems to be the only current injury concern that Ferguson has.

Ferguson was also insistent that he wants to extend the gap between ourselves and Plymouth to nine points this Sunday, which help Rovers go a step closer to winning the title.

He did insist, however, that Rovers were by no means promoted or champions, until it's official, and they're taking every game until the end of the season as a 'cup final'.

Head-to-heads
Rovers are behind the likes of: Stevenage, Accrington and Blackpool in the form table - from the last 8 games - but sit 3 points ahead of their rivals, Plymouth, in that table.

Visitors Plymouth have the best away record in the league, with them picking up 36 points from 18 games on the road. On the other hand, Rovers have the best home record of the season, with them securing 45 points from 19 games at - consequently meaning that they haven't lost a game at home this season, which is something Ferguson thinks is vital for Rovers promotion campaign. One of these very good records must give in for one of the teams eventually, so could this be the match?

Player to watch
Their most pivotal player - but also their top goalscorer - is midfielder, Graham Carey, who's managed to score 12 league goals this season. Carey also leads the way for the Pilgrims with assists, having been involved in 13 goals for Plymouth this season; he didn't make it into team of the year for nothing!

Previous encounters
Earlier on in the season Plymouth were the first team to prevent Rovers from scoring in the league, when they defeated us 2-0 at their ground.

The last time Argyle came to the Keepmoat was back in both of our Championship days - 2010 - where Plymouth narrowly beat Rovers 2-1, with Rovers getting a consolation goal from veteran, James Coppinger.

Overall, Rovers have won 13, drawn 13 and lost 11 against Plymouth - in all competitions - since 1935.

Predicted lineup v Plymouth Argyle
Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Alcock, Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.
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Rovers continue their hunt for promotion as they travel to Baudry’s and Marquis’s former team, Leyton Orient.
 
After a few set-backs Liam Mandeville is available for the team, but faces fierce competition with John Marquis, who has broke break the 20-goal mark, Alfie May who's been putting in exceptional all-round performances and  Andy Williams, who finally ended his goal drought on Tuesday night. Defender Joe Wright has also returned to full-time training, so he’ll be in consideration for Ferguson’s 18 on Saturday.
 
James Coppinger will be playing 3 games within a week and Ferguson said that he’s still fit enough to feature against Orient this weekend, so the player who was man of the match last time out will still be involved against Orient.
 
Ferguson has emphasized this week to the players not to get complacent, because they shouldn’t expect a result considering its top v bottom – consequently he’s confident Rovers can set the tone of the match and not let complacency sink in.
 
Head-to-heads
The ‘O’s’ have the worst home record in league two picking up just 10 points out of a possible 57 at home. Most of their victories have come on the road to the likes of Plymouth and Newport.
 
Orient have scored 40 goals in 37 games, whereas Rovers have managed to score a scintillating 71 goals this season, in just as many games – and that’s with 9 more games still left to play.
 
Players to watch
Striker, Paul McCallum, is their biggest goal threat with 8 league goals this season. On the other hand, midfielder, Gavin Massey, has just as many goals in the league too.

Assists wise, striker, Paul McCallum leads the way for them with assists, because he's got 4 in the league this season.
 
 Previous encounters
Last time we faced Orient was in November 2016, where Rovers won 3-1 with goals from: Jordan Houghton and Liam Mandeville, and Orient getting their consolation goal from Callum Kennedy.
 
Last time we visited the Matchroom Stadium, we won 1-0 and that was in April 2015 with a goal from Rovers former defender, Rob Jones – ironically Rovers new defender, Mathieu Baudry was playing against Rovers that day!
 
Overall, Rovers have won 12, drawn 6 and lost 14 games against Leyton Orient since 1954.
 
Predicted lineup v Leyton Orient
Lawlor; Blair, Butler, Baudry, Alcock; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.
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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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