Doncaster Rovers vs Northampton Town: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Play-off chasing, Doncaster Rovers, welcome relegation-threatened Northampton Town to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday afternoon in League One. The kick-off is at 15:00.

Both sides come into the game in relatively good form with both of them winning in two of their last three games.

Doncaster lost to Crewe Alexandra last time out, with Northampton losing to Charlton Athletic in midweek. Before those defeats, the sides both picked up wins against Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth.

Team News

Doncaster boss, Andy Butler, is struggling for options up top, with both Fejiri Okenabirhie and Omar Bogle out injured. Aside from that, Butler has no new injury concerns ahead of the match. 

Northampton caretaker boss, Jon Brady, will be without defender Alan Sheehan and forward Benny Ashley-Seal for the match, while the fitness of wing back Joseph Mills is being monitored. 

Predicted lineups

Doncaster Rovers: Jones, Halliday, Wright, Anderson, James, Smith, Bostock, Richards, Coppinger, Lokilo, Sims.

Northampton Town: Mitchell, Kioso, Jones, Horsfall, Harriman, Morris, McWilliams, Watson, Miller, Edmondson, Marshall.

Ones to watch

For the hosts, midfielder James Coppinger will be one to watch on Saturday afternoon. The midfielder has two goals and two assists, and although his stats do not speak volumes, Coppinger adds a creative spark to the Rovers side. 

Coppinger has a good record against Northampton, with only one loss against them in his career, as well as a goal and an assist in the past.

As for Northampton, their man of the moment is currently midfielder Ryan Watson. Watson was one of Northampton's 2020 Wembley heroes and has hit good form with six goals in as many games, including a brace against Plymouth and Portsmouth. 

Previous meetings

Including their first meeting, in 1932, the two sides have met 50 times. Doncaster have 22 wins to their name, with 10 draws and 18 wins for Northampton.

The sides have already met once this season, back in December, when 1,000 Northampton fans we allowed into Sixfields to see a 2-0 win for Doncaster. 

Where to watch

Doncaster season ticket holders can watch the game for free as part of their season ticket.

Non-season ticket holders can watch the came for £10 on iFollow Rovers. 

Northampton Town fans can also watch the game for the same price here

Pre-match quotes

Doncaster boss, Andy Butler, is aware of the fact both teams have something to play for. He told the Doncaster website:

“We’re going up against a side that will fight for every single ball, we went down to their place and got a win but that was tough even against 10 men. 

“Every game from now until the end of the season is a big one, we’re aiming for different things but both are just as valuable. 

“There is a chasing pack who will be looking to capitalise on any slip up so we need to make sure we get three points more often than not.” 

Cobblers boss, Jon Brady, is full of respect for Doncaster and told the Northampton website:

"They are in a bit of a period of transition with the change of manager but they play a fantastic expansive style of football,” he said.

“I’m a bit envious of the way they play but like always we believe we can go there to be competitive and go and take the game to them.

“We are confident in our strengths and we will be going there to try and win the game as Doncaster will be.

"It should be a good game and we are looking forward to it."

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