With six games remaining, both of these clubs approach this fixture in relegation difficulties. Preston in particularly are in a real mess and the Lilywhites have to quickly find a way to make up the seven point margin from safety. Doncaster meanwhile appeared safe not too long ago, but some dreadful form has sent Rovers tumbling down and they head into this game just two places above the bottom three.
Doncaster are a team who have been used to year-on-year improvement over the past few campaigns and after some investment over the summer, many tipped Sean O’Driscoll’s men for success this time around. However, after some disastrous luck in relation to injuries, Rovers have struggled and they approach this encounter sat in 20th position. Fortunately, there is still a fairly significant margin between them and the bottom three with seven points currently separating them from Scunthorpe. However, if they want to keep a comfortable margin between them and the relegation zone they need to improve their form. As it stands, the Keepmoat Stadium side have collected just two points from their last six and if they collect a similar tally from their remaining six – there is a very good chance they will be relegated.
Preston have even bigger problems though and at the moment relegation seems extremely likely. However, compared to a few weeks ago when they seemed completely out of the survival race, there is at least hope for the Lilywhites who have started to grind out some decent results over recent times. Phil Brown’s men will be kicking themselves over their last game though where they dropped two points after taking an early lead against Portsmouth. Had they held on, they would have netted their fourth victory in five games and that is certainly not bad going for a side who have been rooted in the bottom three for practically the whole campaign.
Doncaster’s injury woes continue in this clash and Sean O’Driscoll will once again be without the likes of Billy Sharp and James Chambers. Joining that list also appears to be Joseph Mills who looks set to miss this one through a hamstring complaint. Elsewhere, James O’Connor has a slight chance of featuring after almost recovering from his foot injury. Preston aren’t without problems of their own however and Phil Brown will have to contend with the absence of Leon Cort, Sean St Ledger and David Gray. Brown will be able to select Chris Brown though, who now looks to have fully recovered from his injury.
As for a prediction, we think Preston could get the points here. The Lilywhites have shown real signs of progress in recent weeks and with Doncaster struggling so badly, we think that Rovers are there for the taking – 2-1 Preston.