Wycombe Wanderers v Doncaster Rovers Match Preview

by The Rovers Review

Rovers will be strengthened ahead of their penultimate away game of the season with several injured players returning, against Wycombe Wanderers.

A mini injury crisis hit Rovers during the Easter period, seeing key figures to the Rovers team miss two games through injuries, but now they could be set for a return for the final three games. Players, such as James Coppinger, Andy Butler, Luke McCullough and Liam Mandeville all come back into contention for the 18 on Saturday.

Striker Andy Williams is a "big doubt" for this weekend's game and the following weekend game against Exeter City, which could mean his season is potentially over.

Meanwhile first choice goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, who has been out with chest problems, has "got a chance" of returning, but there still seems to be a bit of an uncertainty around whether or not he'll be 100% ready for this match. Defender Mathieu Baudry was expected to miss the rest of the season after being booked in for an operation since Rovers secured promotion back to league one, but Ferguson has said that they, "may delay it a week - we'll wait and see." Which will certainly give him a selection headache in regards of who to chose at the back. Should it be the centre-back pairing that it has been for most of the season with Andy Butler and Mathieu Baudry, or does Joe Wright come into contention after his man of the match performance against Blackpool on bank holiday Monday?

Winger, Matty Blair will be set to miss his first game for Rovers this season through suspension, after picking up a red card v Blackpool in the previous game.

Ahead of the match, Darren Ferguson has also said there is "decent experience in the team", from the likes of veteran, James Coppinger, which can see Rovers really challenge for the title in these final three games.

Wycombe have failed to win in their previous four home games against: Mansfield, Cheltenham, Notts County and Plymouth, respectively,  with them drawing two and losing two. On the other hand, Rovers haven't lost on the road in their last four games with them drawing two, but winning two as well.

Players to watch
Former Rovers striker, Adebayo Akinfenwa has scored 17 goals this season for the Chairboys, and will be their main attacking threat with 11 of them 17 goals coming in the league. He's closely following by Scott Kashket on 9 league goals.

Defender, Joe Jacobson is their main assist creator, with him being involved in the build-up of 8 league goals this season for Wycombe.

Previous encounters
Previously this season Rovers drew 2-2 with Wycombe at the Keepmoat with Ferguson saying it was 'individual mistakes', which cost Doncaster 3 points that day.

Ironically the last time Rovers visited Adams Park it finished 2-2 back in October 2006 during the League Cup 3rd round. Rovers were consequently knocked out by losing 3-2 on penalties after extra time.

Overall, Rovers have failed to beat Wycombe in their last four encounters since 1993.

Predicted lineup v Wycombe Wanderers
Lawlor; Alcock, Baudry, Wright, Taylor-Sinclair; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.

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