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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Plymouth Argyle

11 December 2020

Find all the need-to-know pre-match insight down below...

The Gas look to build on a successful week as Ryan Lowe's Plymouth Argyle come to town on Saturday. A vintage display against AFC Wimbledon and a well-fault victory over Leyton Orient in the week will have buoyed the confidence of the Rovers camp ahead of the weekend.

A brace-a-piece for Brandon Hanlan and Sam Nicholson will see the two in-form forwards looking to continue their scoring form when they return to the Mem tomorrow afternoon.

Check out our full breakdown on this weekend's fixture!

Manager's Preview...

Paul Tisdale caught up with Geoff Twentyman ahead of this weekend's game, find an extended version of their pre-match catch-up below!

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Manager's Preview: Tisdale on Plymouth Argyle

Opposition View...

Speaking ahead of his side's shortest away trip of the season, Ryan Lowe touched on what he expects from the Gas when he spoke to www.pafc.co.uk

"You get honesty from these types of players, these types of clubs (Rovers). They've got some good players. A new manager's come in and everything always steps up a little bit, they've just won to on the bounce so they'll be on a bit of a high but we respect the club and we have to go toe to toe with them."

Form Guide...

Ryan Lowe's Plymouth side currently sit 15th in the league table, with a great start to their season bolstering their league standing as they look to consolidate in their return to League One. On 19 points, the Gas could move level with their opposition this weekend if they pick up all three points.

On a tough run as of late, Argyle haven't won in the league since the beginning of November, but have faced some tough opposition in recent weeks including Peterborough, Ipswich and Fleetwood. It was against the latter where they suffered a 5-1 loss, only to then lose 4-0 to Rochdale less than two weeks later.

Having said that, as a former-striker, Ryan Lowe's sides bring high attacking intent, and home-grown youngster Luke Jephcott has drawn attention for his phenomenal start to the 2020/21 campaign, notching 9 goals across all competitions. 

Previous Encounter...

Rovers have enjoyed strong recent successes over Argyle, meeting four times last season including a pre-season friendly, with the Gas unbeaten across every game.

The sides last met live on BT Sport in the 2nd round of the FA Cup, with a replay needed to decide the victor following a 1-1 draw at the Mem. A 68th-minute header from Alex Rodman was enough to see Rovers through, partly due to some incredible heroics from Anssi Jaakkola in between the sticks. Catch our match recap of the game below!

How to watch...

Saturday's game is available to watch on iFollow. All the details for Season Ticket holders and on how to purchase a match pass can be found below...

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Watch Saturday's Game Live on iFollow!

Around the grounds...

Tisdale's Gas could move as high as 15th this weekend if results go his way, with Rovers still maintaining a game in hand on many teams around them in the league. 3rd host 4th in one of the largest matches of the weekend, as Ipswich Town welcome Portsmouth to Portman Road. Table-topping Hull City host Shrewsbury Town this weekend, while Sunderland visit Sincil Bank to take on Lincoln City. Around the Gas in the table, Rochdale visit Peterborough United and Swindon Town host Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town.


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