Match preview: Doncaster Rovers v Leicester City

Richie Wellens, pictured against Sheffield Wednesday, faces his former club Leicester on Saturday.
Richie Wellens, pictured against Sheffield Wednesday, faces his former club Leicester on Saturday.

If there’s one thing that this week’s statement may have achieved, it may have inadvertently wound up Richie Wellens.

That might not neccessarily be a bad thing from a Rovers perspective.

Wellens has been outspoken in his support of new investment.

He also admitted to becoming unsettled by behind the scenes business during the process of turning his initial temporary contract into a less temporary deal lasting until January.

But for a player somewhat agitated by matters off the pitch, he hasn’t half produced the goods on it.

He might not have been at his best against Burnley this week, uncharacteristically giving away possession in the build-up to Sam Vokes’ game-changing penalty.

But an angry Richie Wellens appears to have enjoyed taking any lingering frustration he might have out on opposition teams.

Wellens is the fulcrum that Paul Dickov has built his side around, and his below par display on Tuesday night only reinforced the view that if his performance levels drop, Doncaster’s are likely to do the same.

The midfielder’s former club Leicester will only be too aware of that ability to make Rovers tick, and it would be no surprise to see the Foxes pay special attention to their ex-playmaker on Saturday.

Stop Wellens and you might just have a chance of stopping Doncaster, such is the 33-year-old’s ability to dictate tempo and possession.

If City negate Wellens, and cut off the supply line to Chris Brown and Federico Macheda, they will fancy their chances of continuing their very promising start to the new Championship season.

It doesn’t get any easier for Rovers, and with just one league win in five at the Keepmoat, home form is a continued concern.

Unlike Tuesday, they must retain their concentration levels at key moments, and score the first goal, to gain some much-needed home comfort.

Prediction: Draw