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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers (A)

22 October 2019

Wanderers travel to Graham Coughlan’s Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening for another Sky Bet League One clash, this time at the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers currently sit seventh in Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they have won three of their last four league games.

Their last game in the league against Doncaster Rovers ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Team News

The physio room is a busy place for Wanderers players at the current time, with at least eight members of the first team squad.

One of the new names to the injury list looks to be defender Jack Hobbs, as a recurrent back injury looks to be keeping the centre back out of contention.

This is one of the topics manager Keith Hill covered in Monday morning's pre-match press conference. To see what he spoke about, click on the link below!

Head to Head

Wanderers and Bristol Rovers have faced each other on 31 occasions since the first encounter back in 1905, with us coming out on top in 12 of those meetings.

The two teams have drawn on nine occasions and Bristol Rovers have ten victories to their name in clashes between the two sides.

The last time the two teams met was not so long ago in the Sky Bet League One, in February 2017.

The game finished as a 1-1 draw, with Josh Vela strike within the first ten minutes was cancelled out late on by Billy Bodin.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Bristol Rovers are the favourites heading into this one. The home side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 8/15 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 9/2 to register a first victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 3/1.

Man in the Middle:

This evening’s game will be officiated by Trevor Kettle.

He has officiated 11 matches this season with his latest a 1-0 away victory for Morecambe against Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two

This season, he has dished out 34 yellow cards and four red cards.

During his 18 seasons in the professional refereeing ranks, Kettle last refereed Wanderers’ 1-0 victory against Grimsby Town in the F.A. Cup.

Matthew Jones and Andrew Laver will act as his assistants, with Sam Allison the fourth official for this evening’s fixture.

Key Man for the Pirates – Jonson Clarke-Harris:

When looking at the Bristol Rovers side, 25-year-old Jonson Clarke-Harris is the main man leading the line for Graham Coughlan’s side.

The striker has scored seven goals in the league for the Pirates and is joint third top goal scorer in the division.

He has scored five goals in his last five games for Rovers, with his last the difference maker in a 1-0 home win against Rotherham United.

Bristol Rovers currently sit seventh in Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they have won three of their last four league games.

Their last game in the league against Doncaster Rovers ended in a 2-0 defeat.


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