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Match Preview - Scunthorpe v Rovers

24 January 2022

Rovers square up against Scunthorpe United next in the Sky Bet League Two. Below is all the pre-match info ahead of our Tuesday night clash!

The Gas go into the game against Keith Hill's side after taking a point out of our previous fixture against Swindon Town. Rovers are unbeaten in three Sky Bet League Two fixtures after Saturday's draw and will be looking to extend that run to four games in tomorrow's clash against the Iron.

Opposition View

Iron Manager, Keith Hill says he is looking forward to the visit of Rovers tomorrow evening;

"It's one I'm really looking forward to, even though we've got a depleted squad going into it. It creates an opportunity for us as a football club and for the players to test ourselves over 90 minutes.

"Those are the challenges and they need to be met by the group of players, myself and all the staff.

"It's amazing what happens when you get that little bit of confidence and self-belief, but you've got to fight for it and we really have to fight and dig deep, but to do that we need a little bit of luck as well."

Form Guide

The Iron are currently on a four game losing streak in the Sky Bet League Two and suffered a 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Newport County last time out. Scunthorpe are currently in 23rd place in the league standings with a return of 19 points in their 26 games this season. Scunthorpe have scored 19 goals in the league this season and average 9.9 shots per game.

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Prior to joining Rovers, Ryan Loft had scored four goals and registered one assist in his 12 games before signing on with the Gas. Since Ryan's departure from The Sands Venue Stadium, Myles Hippolyte has had to take up the goalscoring responsibilities. This season, Hippolyte has scored four goals and provided two assists in 18 Sky Bet League Two appearances so far this campaign. 

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Ref Watch

Anthony Backhouse is the match official on Tuesday evening. Backhouse has officiated 16 games across three EFL competitions this season but has only taken charge of five Sky Bet League Two games this season. In those five games, Backhouse averages 19.60 fouls per game and hands out 4.20 yellow cards per game. Across his 16 games this season, Backhouse has handed out only one red card, with that red card coming in AFC Wimbledon's game against MK Dons. 

Backhouse last took charge of a Rovers game in September 2020 in our fixture against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. In that game, Backhouse showed former Sunderland player, George Dobson a straight red card.

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Betting Preview

EFL sponsors, Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 11/8 for the win on Tuesday evening. Rovers can also be backed at 11/1 to win the game 0-2. On the goal-scorer markets, Sam Finley is priced at 5/1 to open the scoring on Tuesday. Sam Nicholson can be backed at 10/3 to score at any time in the match.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

How to Watch

Tuesday's fixture is live on iFollow! Match passes can be picked up for £10 - with the majority of the revenue generated coming back to the football club. 

Our highest iFollow audience for a Tuesday night fixture (excluding games played behind closed doors) stands at 1,286, which was achieved for our away trip to Colchester. 

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