Shrewsbury Town vs Blackburn Rovers – Match Preview

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Blackburn Rovers will face a tough test against Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town, as Mowbray’s men look to bounce back from the defeat at home to AFC Wimbledon. They face a true test of their promotion credentials as they make the trip for the first time to the Montgomery Waters Meadow a.k.a New Meadow to take on Shrewsbury Town, who have been unbeaten in the league campaign so far this season and sit top of the Sky Bet League 1 table.

Team News

Rovers could well be without Craig Conway after he came off halfway through the first half of last weekend’s defeat to AFC Wimbledon. Rekeem Harper misses out with a groin injury he suffered against Scunthorpe. They will join Darragh Lenihan, Ryan Nyambe and Scott Wharton on the sidelines.

Rovers may see some rotation after last weekend’s loss to AFC Wimbledon. Bradley Dack will be looking to make his return to the starting 11, whilst Danny Graham will be hoping his cameo performances off the bench has been enough to force his way back into the Rovers lineup.

Elsewhere, Harry Chapman will be hoping he has done enough to force his way into the starting lineup, after being very impressive when coming off the bench. If that continues, Mowbray has to really think about handing a starting spot to the young loanee.

The Shrews have no fresh injury worries aside from James Bolton who is struggling with a knee injury.

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Season so far

Rovers have had a stop start season from wins over Bradford, MK Dons, Rochdale and Scunthorpe to disappointing defeats to Doncaster, Southend and Wimbledon. After failing to make it five in a row against Wimbledon last weekend, Rovers will be looking to bounce back immediately against the unbeaten league leaders.

Despite the stop start nature of Rovers’ start, their away form has been fantastic, losing just one away game this season. With another full-capacity away following on Saturday, Rovers will be hoping to continue that form.

Shrewsbury on the other hand, have started the Sky Bet League 1 season unbeaten with twenty two points gained out of a possible twenty four. The Shrews’ unbeaten run started with a 1-0 home win over Northampton Town & since then wins over AFC Wimbledon (1-0), Rochdale (3-2), Gillingham (2-1), Wigan Athletic (1-0), Southend (1-0) & Oldham Athletic (2-1) put the men from New Meadow top of the pile.

Oxford United are the only team to have taken anything from them so far with a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium.

One to Watch

Rovers will need to keep an eye on Stefan Payne who has been in good form with five goals to his name so far. Additionally, after conceding just 5 all season, it will be interesting to see the battle between the Rovers attack and the Shrewsbury centre-back pairing, who last game was Mat Sadler and Aristote Nsiala.

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Previous matches

Last league meeting: This is the first time since the 1988/1989 season that Rovers have met Shrewsbury in the league. That specific match saw a share of the spoils and ended in a 1-1 draw.

Last meeting: Rovers 1-2 Shrewsbury; League Cup 1st Round. Rovers had an embarassing exit from the League Cup, as goals from James Collins and Tyrone Barnett summoned Rovers to an early cup exit. Nathan Delfouneso scored Rovers’ goal on the night.

One to remember: 1993/94 – Rovers survived a League Cup upset and edged a seven goal thriller which ended 4-3 to Rovers.

Prediction

At the start of the season Rovers would have been looking to go to Shrewsbury and pick up all three points. However after a fantastic start to the League One season, this could be Rovers’ toughest test yet.

Rovers will need a much improved performance than the one they turned out against Wimbledon, and will need to be at their very best if they’re to make it 4 away wins in a row.

Confidence will be running high in the Shrewsbury camp, and will go into the game hoping to continue their fantastic start to this season. It’s now up to Rovers to knock them off that perch.

Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Blackburn Rovers