Doncaster Rovers vs Barnsley
Keepmoat Stadium, January 25, 7.45pm
Doncaster Rovers vs Ipswich Town
Portman Road, Janduary 22, 3pm
IT is interesting that Rovers and Barnsley head into the clash locked together in the lower midtable of the Championship, their records rather similar.
After their recent respective progressions, both sides were tipped by some to occupy the Blackpool role this season and make a remarkable push for the play offs.
By no means are either side out of the running, being just a string of good results away from the top six.
But should they not make that move sooner rather than later, this season will quickly resemble other recent seasons for both.
Both sets of supporters are likely to be frustrated if the play off push does not materialise, probably Rovers the more so after their comfortable mid table finishes since promotion.
Defensive frailties have cost Rovers dear this season but the arrival of Matt Kilgallon should ease that woe once he has chance to find his feet again.
Both sides have far superior home form to their fortunes on the road which puts Rovers as the favourites, especially given Barnsley have won just twice away all season.
The contest should prove to be an attacking showcase of two styles – Rovers’ possession play against Barnley’s high tempo attack – rather than an typically edgy local derby.