Keepmoat Stadium - FA Cup
Doncaster have been in fine form of late as they host Premier League opponents Crystal Palace on Saturday for FA Cup action. Palace shocked with their win over Tottenham in the last round, but may be more concerned with their perfromance in the league than a cup run.
Palace have a poor record against Doncaster over the past few years and have failed to beat them in their last three encounters. The most recent, back in March 2012 saw a Jermaine Easter opener for the Eagles cancelled out by a Chris Brown strike.
Grant McCann has no injury problems and will likely stick to the XI that shone against Southend in the week with Niall Mason the only absentee, having been suspended by the club.
Roy Hodgson fielded a surprisingly weakened line-up against Spurs in the last round, and the manger is expected to do the same on Saturday. Christian Benteke may earn a start, with the forward looking for match fitness, although Michy Batshuayi will be sure to make his case.
Doncaster v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
Reaching the 5th round of the FA Cup may have come as a pleasant surprise to both Doncaster and Crystal Palace fans, but both club have other priorities at the moment. The home side have a real prospect of promotion, sitting in sixth in League One and a game in hand whilst the visitors will have one eye on relegation as they are just three points clear.
Rovers have been impressive recently, and are unbeaten in six games, dispatching of mid-table opponents Southend by three goals to nil in the week. Manager McCann has cultivated a feel-good factor around the club, which is only boosted by the form of forward John Maquis, who is second in the League One scoring charts with 19 so far this season and 2/1 to score this weekend.
Perhaps even better for the manager is that goals are coming from all over the pitch with Herbie Kane and Matty Blair contributing from midfield and Mallik Wilks performing admirably. This forms a marked contrast to their opponents, Palace, who are a fifth lowest scoring team in the Championship, with only Luka Milevojevic surpassing the five goal bracket at the moment.
Hodgson will be glad to have seen Christian Benteke return to fitness, although the striker's form has been disastrous of late, whilst the Belgian's on-loan compatriot Batshuayi is also expected to make a difference. Sitting in 13th in the table, Palace's position is far more precarious then it might seem as they are level on points with two clubs below them. However, if either forwards can start scoring, with both 11/8 to do so this weekend, the Eagles have the quality to secure their Premier League status.
The home side will go into Saturday's game as underdogs, but will be high on confidence and keen to keep their momentum going, whilst Palace will know that an extended cup run could well provide the funds to procure the striker they so sorely need over the summer.
Andros Townsend to score anytime at 15/8
Wilfred Zaha may be rested, but Townsend is unfatiguable and will be charged with intiating Palace's attacks
Palace to win to nil at 13/8
Doncaster may have fire-power in League One, but it will be a big step up competing against top-flight defenders.