Doncaster Rovers v Bury: MATCH CENTRE

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DEAN Saunders is set to name an unchanged line-up following Saturday’s convincing win at Walsall.

Jamie McCombe and Billy Paynter will make their home debuts for Doncaster, while James Coppinger will again have to be content with a place on the bench.

Shelton Martis continues to miss out through injury but goalkeeper Neil Sullivan is fit again and could return to the bench.

Former Rovers defender Adam Lockwood returns to the Keepmoat with the Shakers, while winger Kyle Bennett plays against his ex-club.

Bury will be without defender Efe Sodje who serves the second game of a three-match ban.


Boss Dean Saunders: “We played well and scored some great goals on Saturday. I was suprised how comfortable it was but we played it right. I’ve got my own stamp on this team now and we’re going to get better as we go along. The lads haven’t played together so there were a couple of things I was concerned about and we’ve spent time on those in training.”

Rovers probable starting XI (4-4-2): Woods, Quinn, Jones, McCombe, Spurr; Cotterill, Syers, Woods, Bennett, Brown, Paynter.


Kyle Bennett will hope to continue his bright start to the new season against his ex-club.

He caused the Walsall defence problems when he got on the ball, typically coming inside on his right to cross or shoot.

Bury will probably look to double up on their former winger but that should create pockets of space elsewhere.

Saunders has this week stated it would take a “massive” amount of money for another club to prize Bennett away from the Keepmoat Stadium.

Match odds: Rovers 4/5 Draw 3/1 Bury 4/1

Bury last game: Brentford (H) 0-0

Head to Head: Rovers wins 16, Bury wins 28, Draws 11

Last meeting: Division Three, April 3, 2004

Doncaster 3 Gregg Blundell (47, 68) Adebayo Akinfenwa (73)

Bury 1 Harpal Singh (88)

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