Match Preview

 

Mon 17 Nov 14

Doncaster Rovers host Scunthorpe United on Sunday looking to complete a satisfying double over their close rivals.

Paul Dickov’s men have only achieved doubles on three occasions this season – against Yeovil Town, Coventry City and Colchester United – and will be looking to steal 6 points from the Iron in the 12:15pm encounter.

Mark Robins’ United have enjoyed somewhat of a revival in recent weeks and developed a certain resilience that has seen them defeated just once in their past eight games; thus pulling themselves clear of any final day relegation dramas.

Their upturn had coincided with the arrival of Rovers loanee striker Theo Robinson who nabbed three goals in just eight starts while at Glanford Park.

The Jamaican striker has returned to Doncaster though and could be set for one final game in the red and white hoops before the summer expiration of his contract.

With only 26 miles separating the two clubs, the rivalry between the two clubs is an intriguing one which sees bragging rights up for grabs and plenty of thrills and spills along the way – not to mention the odd red card!

A meeting that has graced the fourth division regularly, and the second tier occasionally, Rovers hold the upper hand when it comes to the head to head record and have only been defeated on home soil in 8 out of 30 matches.

In fact, Doncaster are aiming for their SEVENTH straight win over the Iron – the latest of which came in October where goals from James Coppinger and Nathan Tyson either side of half time provided the perfect riposte to Rory Fallon’s early opener.

Last time out (24th November 2012):
DRFC  4 (Ribiero OG, 22; Cotterill, 46; Jones, 62; Paynter, 64)
SUFC 0
Sky Bet League 1
Keepmoat Stadium
Attendance – 8037


DRFC – G Woods, P Quinn, T Spurr, J Husband, R Jones, D Cotterill, M Woods (C Brown, 58), P Keegan (D Syers, 77), J Harper (S Clingan, 67), B Paynter, I Hume
SUFC – S Mildenhall, T Newey, C Ribeiro, M McChrystal, N Canavan, D Prutton, J Walker (D Mozika, 74), J Ryan (K Hawley, 64), M Duffy, L Clarke, N Ellington (A Barcham, 65)

Head to head league results (in Doncaster):
Rovers – 13
SUFC – 7
Draws – 7

Team News:
Rovers – Rovers will assess both Luke McCullough and Richie Wellens who missed the trip to Notts County. Theo Robinson has returned from his loan spell with the Iron.
SUFC – Kyle Wootton and Isaiah Osbourne are rated as ‘touch and go’.

Fancy a flutter? Rovers 23/20, Draw 13/5, SUFC 21/10

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