Preview: Scunthorpe United v Doncaster Rovers

Curtis Main could feature against Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
Curtis Main could feature against Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

If ever there was a time that Paul Dickov and Rovers could do with a win under their belts - this weekend is the perfect opportunity.

Doncaster have statistics on their side for this Saturday’s trip to Scunthorpe United.

For Rovers have recorded 22 wins over the Iron in 57 meetings with United taking 15 victories.

The last time the pair met was back in the 2012-13 season - Rovers’ League One-winning campaign - where a five-goal thriller saw Brian Flynn’s men record a 3-2 success on their travels.

The clashes have always been relatively high-scoring affairs with the biggest scoreline coming during 2009-10 where Rovers clinched a 4-3 success.

Doncaster will be heading into the tie at Glanford Park boasting the better run so far this season despite Saturday’s Walsall defeat.

Dickov’s men travel in the knowledge that they have lost just two of their six League One encounters on the road this season.

However, the Scotsman’s side will have to stop the recent rot of two back-to-back 3-0 away defeats to Walsall and Bristol City.

Scunthorpe have struggled to make an impact so far following their automatic promotion into the third tier.

Russ Wilcox’s outfit, who enjoyed a record-breaking 27-unbeaten run in last term’s League Two, have won just two from ten matches so far this season.

Their latest defeat came against Dickov’s former club in Oldham Athletic last Saturday.

Wilcox is currently enduring an injury crisis with Niall Canavan the latest to face a lengthy time out after a shoulder operation.

Striker Lyle Taylor was ruled out of the 3-2 defeat by the Latics, and David Mirfin, goalkeepers Sam Slocombe and James Severn and veteran forward Deon Burton have all been out of action for some time.

Meanwhile, former Rovers midfielder Dave Syers has been forced to have a season-long stint on the sidelines with knee and hamstring problems.

New Zealander Rory Fallon has been brought in by Wilcox and offered some hope as he scored on his debut in the Oldham loss.

Dickov should have striker Nathan Tyson back available following concussion sustained against Fulham last week.

Curtis Main (knee) could also feature.