It’s a South Yorkshire derby at the Keepmoat as Doncaster bid to shake off the hangover of an FA Cup exit to Bristol City, while for Barnsley, they’ll be hoping their new recruits continue to shine following a hard fought win over Yeovil last week.
Rovers (4-1-4-1): Bywater, Wabara, McCullough, Butler, Stevens, Keegan, Coppinger, Wellens, Bennett, Forrester, Main.
Barnsley (4-4-2): Turnbull; Smith, Holgate, Nyatanga, M’voto; Williams, Hourihane, Digby, Kiwomya; Lita, Waring.
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Rovers: Richie Wellens continues to show his class as a playmaker in the heart of the Rovers midfield. But rather than sitting deep to dictate play, the 34-year-old has take on an increasingly dynamic attacking role with great affect over the last two months.
Barnsley: Manchester United loan midfielder Ben Pearson wasted no time at all in making his mark at Oakwell. Pearson, 20, scooped the man-of-the-match award on his Reds’ debut in last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Yeovil Town, his first senior appearance.
The two sides met at Oakwell just a month ago and played out a 1-1 draw with goals coming from Lewin Nyatanga and Theo Robinson. It was a third consecutive meeting that end in stalemate.
The last clash at the Keepmoat was last season’s 2-2 draw in the Championship. James Coppinger’s brace overturned Nick Proschwitz’s opener before the on loan German equalised in the last minute.
Rovers have won 14 of the 33 meetings between the two sides in Doncaster with Barnsley victorious in nine. Rovers’ biggest recent home win over the Reds came a decade ago with a 4-0 triumph in League One with goals from Gregg Blundell (2), John Doolan and Paul Green.