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Match Preview - Newport County v Rovers

4 March 2022

Rovers travel across the River Severn this Saturday to take on Newport County in our latest Sky Bet League Two clash.

Joey Barton's team head into Saturday's encounter off the back of securing all three points against Barrow at The Mem thanks to Antony Evans' 81st-minute winner. Newport won the reverse fixture earlier in the season 1-3 with Brett Pitman scoring Rovers' only goal of the game. Below is all the pre-match info ahead of our visit to Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon!

Manager's Preview

Opposition View

Newport County manager James Rowberry is expecting a "tough challenge" when Rovers visit Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon.

"They are in good form, you look at their last 10 they've won six. They're on a decent bit of form to be fair and they've come on," he said.

"I think they've got a really good manager, they're a really good football club with a really good squad. It's going to be really tough challenge for us tomorrow but we've just got to focus on ourselves and our principles. We've got to try our best to impose them on the game.

"We won't deviate from our principles. I make that quite clear, I'm going to be quite stubborn on that because it's what I believe in and what I believe is right.

"Before I got the job someone said to me stick to your principles and stick to your beliefs because the moment you go away from that, that's your moment of weakness and shows you're not believing in what you're doing. We won't deviate from what we feel is right for our team."

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Last Time Out

Form Guide

In their last game, County drew against league leaders Forest Green Rovers at Rodney Parade in a game which saw former Rovers player James Clarke sent off. In their last six fixtures in the Sky Bet League Two, The Exiles have won one, drawn three and lost two with their sole victory coming against Tranmere Rovers in late February. County currently sit in 6th place in the Sky Bet League Two standings, two points and three places above Rovers ahead of Saturday's game. 

Former Rovers loanee, Dominic Telford is Newport's and the league's leading goalscorer this season with 24 goals to his name this campaign. Telford played for Rovers during the 2017-2018 season and found the back of the net on three occasions for the Gas. Oliver Cooper tops the assist charts for The Exiles this season. Cooper has set up a total of nine goals for his teammates up to this point.

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Ref Watch

Darren Handley is the man in charge of Saturday's clash at Rodney Parade. Handley has officiated seven games in the Sky Bet League Two this season. In those seven games, Handley has shown 26 yellow cards and three red cards averaging 3.71 yellow cards per game and 0.43 red cards per game.

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Betting Preview

EFL sponsors, Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 23/10 for the win on Saturday. Rovers can also be backed at 16/1 to win the game 0-2. On the goal-scorer markets, Antony Evans is priced at 8/1 to open the scoring on Saturday. Elliot Anderson can be back at 10/3 to score at any time in the match.

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