The Gas welcome Fleetwood Town to BS7 this Saturday.
Rovers are back in League One action tomorrow afternoon as we prepare to face Joey Barton's former team Fleetwood Town, who are now managed by former Celtic midfielder Scott Brown. Check out all the pre-match info below!
Fleetwood Town assistant head coach Steven Whittaker spoke to fleetwoodtownfc.com ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One match at The Mem.
“Against Rovers, it’s going to be a tough game. They’re going to be up for the game and we need to try and stifle that and stay in the game and then put out stamp on the game as well but for us, we’ve been in every game and hasn’t been one where we’ve been defeated heavily, it’s just by the one goal and we know we can go there and grind out a game and we also have the quality to hurt them. Each game is different and we’re looking forward to it.
“We know Bristol Rovers will want to start off fast, they’re a high-energy team and they have good players at the top end of the pitch and have players who have scored goals so we need to guard against that. We are expecting a tough one, but hopefully, things can go our way.
“We are new to the game so you’re going to come across some new faces in the dugouts and we know that Joey Barton has spent some time in Scotland at Rangers and we are fully aware of who he is and what he brings and for us. It’s another challenge and it’s important we focus on us so we have a plan in place."
Saturday's opponents currently sit in 15th place in the League One standings, two places above Rovers, with a 21-point return from 17 league games so far this season. Fleetwood have has a mixed bag of results across their last five league fixtures. In their last outing, a 1-1 draw against Oxford United, Fleetwood took the lead early on through Josh Vela's 2nd-minute strike before being pegged back early in the second half.
The Cod Army's last victory came in their fixture against Accrington Stanley, winning by three goals to nil thanks to goals from Carlos Mendes Gomes, Shaun Rooney and Joshua Earl.
Robert Madden is the referee for tomorrow's clash in BS7. Madden has taken charge of six games in League One so far this season, averaging 25.83 fouls per game. Madden has also been appointed as the referee for games in the UEFA Nations League and FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
Tickets are still available for tomorrow's clash at The Mem!
Only e-tickets are available online now. Supporters wanting physical tickets are able to purchase these from the ticket office from 10am on Saturday morning.
To purchase your tickets, please click HERE.
How to Follow
Supporters based in the UK can purchase an audio match pass for £2.50. To find out more about iFollow, please click HERE.
EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers 5/4 for the win on Saturday afternoon. A 2-0 scoreline in favour of the Gas can be backed at 10/1. On the goalscorer market, Aaron Collins can be backed to continue his fine form and open the scoring at 11/2 whilst Antony Evans is priced at 3/1 to score anytime throughout Saturday's clash at The Mem.
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