Stuart Sinclair returns to the Rovers midfield after recovering from injury, in one of two changes from Darrell Clarke.
Rory Gaffney is also restored to the starting line-up, replacing Byron Moore who has a spot amongst the substitutes.
Rovers XI: Sam Slocombe (GK), Joe Partington, Tom Lockyer (c), Tony Craig, Lee Brown, Chris Lines, Stuart Sinclair, Liam Sercombe, Kyle Bennett, Rory Gaffney, Ellis Harrison.
Subs: Adam Smith (GK), Tom Broadbent, James Clarke, Bernard Mensah, Byron Moore, Tom Nichols, Dom Telford.
Northampton XI: Richard O'Donnell (GK), Brendan Moloney, Ash Taylor, Sam Hoskin, Chris Long, John-Joe O'Toole, Matt Crooks, Matt Grimes, Jordan Turnbull, Joe Bunney, Gboly Ariyibi.
Subs: David Cornell (GK), Leon Barnett, Daniel Powell, Shaun McWilliams, Shay Facey, Hildeberto Pereira, Kevin Luckassen.