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ROVERS VS BURY: MATCH PREVIEW BY ROB JOHNSON

Rovers pre season, whilst containing many positives, has posed more questions than answers. Does Dickov really expect us to get in the play offs with Mitchell Lund and Rob Jones in the starting XI all season? Where will Forrester play? How will he incorporate Keegan, Wellens and Chaplow? Is Lewis Guy coming back? The opening game of the season will see at least some of these questions answered.

The first game of the season is always special as all the optimism and aspirations are yet to be dampened by reality. Who can forget glorious recent opening day victories at Brisbane Road or Pride Park? Or the drama that unfolded at the Amex? Fingers crossed Saturdays game will be just as memorable.

Bury have spent the summer busily signing anyone that Rovers have been linked with, with experienced strikers Leon Clarke and Tom Pope arriving at Gigg Lane as well as former Huddersfield and Blackpool centre back Peter Clarke. For Rovers there could potentially be six debutants with Mackenzie, Stuckmann, Williams, Chaplow, Taylor-Sinclair and N’Guessan all in line to feature at some stage.

Rovers 137th season is a crucial one for manager Paul Dickov. After two turbulent pre seasons and two ultimately disappointing campaigns Dickov has nowhere to hide for the 2015-16 season. If there is no improvement from his previous two seasons (and his time at Oldham) than it will surely be time for Rovers to look elsewhere. I really hope PD proves me wrong but I fear that he has shown nothing thus far to suggest he is the man to take Rovers forward. We will have a better idea of his standing after Saturdays game.

Match Prediction: 2-0 to the reds. If you can’t be optimistic on the opening day than there is pretty much no hope for you. Goals from Coppinger and Tyson.

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