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Checkatrade Trophy Preview: Bristol Rovers v Sunderland

4 March 2019

All the pre-match content ahead of Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final against Sunderland at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers take on Sunderland with the prize of a trip to Wembley on the line, as the two Sky Bet League One sides go head-to-head at the Memorial Stadium for a place in the final.

In the competition so far, Rovers have beaten the likes of Swansea City U21's, Northampton Town and Port Vale to progress to the final four stage and come up against Sunderland just ten days after the last meeting between the sides in the league.

A 4-0 win for Rovers on Saturday proved to be the perfect preparation heading into Tuesday's contest, as Jonson Clarke's Harris' hat-trick fired Graham Coughlan's side to arguably the best result of the campaign so far at the Mem.

Manager's View: The Rovers boss spoke to the media at the Mem on Monday afternoon to offer his preview on Tuesday's game.

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Checkatrade Trophy Preview: Graham on Sunderland

Player's View: It was the turn of the Rovers captain to take on press duties, as the defender spoke about the prize of reaching Wembley for the winners on Tuesday evening. 

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Checkatrade Trophy Preview: Tom Lockyer on Sunderland

Opposition: Sunderland head into Tuesday's game on the back of a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday over Plymouth. Lee Cattermole opened the scoring for the Black Cats on Saturday, while George Honeyman secured the three points with a late goal. Victory on Saturday kept Jack Ross' side in touch with the top-two in the division, with a game in hand on Barnsley in second place. Away from the league, Sunderland booked a spot in the semi-final of the competition thanks to a 2-0 win over Manchester City's U21's back in January. A highlight for them so far in the competition was a 4-0 win over Newcastle's U21's at the Stadium of Light.

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What's On: Bristol Rovers v Sunderland

Tickets: Online tickets for the fixture will be available up until midnight on Monday, 4th March and can be purchased via this link. On the day, the Club Superstore will be open from 9am for in-person sales and the match day ticket office will be open from 4pm.  All seats have sold out, however there are plenty of Terrace areas available where you can pay cash or card at the match day ticket office adjacent the Memorial Gates.

Keeping Up With the Game: As usual, we will have updates throughout the game on social media. If you can't make it on Tuesday you can listen live on iFollow. Please note, due to the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports, subscribers won't be able to watch the live on iFollow.


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