DRFC - Doncaster v Robins preview
Doncaster Rovers entertain Cheltenham Town in an FA Cup third round replay with a money spinning home tie against Aston Villa on Saturday waiting for the winners.
Rovers are hoping to reach the fourth round for the first time since 1985 when they lost 2-0 at eventual finalists Everton.
Rovers won their third successive championship game on Saturday beating Southampton away 2-1. The last time they played at home was over Christmas when they beat Burnley 2-1.
Recent home form (last game first) WLWDWD
Cheltenham lost on Saturday 3-1 at Colchester United after taking a 1-0 lead.
Recent away form (last game first) LDWWLW
Richie Wellens and James Coppinger are the only doubts from the side that beat Southampton on Saturday, both picked up knocks and missed training on Monday.
Paul Heffernan missed that game with a virus and may not be risked for this game.
Only long term absentees Sean McDaid and James Hayter are definitely out.
Cheltenham made five changes from the side that played Doncaster in the game at Colchester.
Paul Connor looks set to miss out after he injured his hamstring on Saturday, John Finnegan will definitely miss out after being sent off in the same game.
Nicolas Bignall will also miss out after playing in an earlier round for Northampton Town.
Match Facts & Stats
The two clubs have met nine times since their path`s first crossed in the conference in 1998.
The most important game between the sides was on the last day of last season when Cheltenham needed a victory to avoid relegation and Rovers needed a victory for automatic promotion, the home side eventually won 2-1 with the Cheltenham keeper Shane Higgs having the game of his life keeping out the Rovers attack.
The two clubs met last Tuesday in their rearranged FA Cup tie, Paul Heffernan came closest for Doncaster when missing with a free header in the first half and then seeing a shot hit the post and run across the line. Cheltenham could have won the game late on when a shot was firstly blocked by Sam Hird before Lloyd Owusu missed an open goal.
Full history (football league unless stated)
1998/99 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers Conference
1998/99 Doncaster Rovers 2-2 Cheltenham Town Conference
2003/04 Cheltenham Town 1-3 Doncaster Rovers
2003/04 Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham Town
2006/07 Cheltenham Town 0-2 Doncaster Rovers
2006/07 Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Cheltenham Town
2007/08 Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Cheltenham Town
2007/08 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers
2008/09 Cheltenham Town 0-0 Doncaster Rovers FA Cup
The winners will be at home to Aston Villa in the fourth round on Saturday.
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