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Match Preview: Sunderland v Bristol Rovers

21 February 2020

Get set for this weekend's fixture with our match preview!

Rovers make the long trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday to face Sunderland. 

The Gas will be looking to build on last Saturday's 2-1 win at home over Blackpool, where goals from Alfie Kilgour and Josh Ginnelly gave Rovers the three-points despite the horrendous conditions that Storm Dennis generated. 

Over 800 Gasheads are set to make the trip, with all the pre-match info below...

Manager's Preview: Rovers boss Ben Garner spoke to the media on Friday morning to preview Saturday's encounter. 


Pre-Match: Ben Garner on Sunderland

Opposition: Sunderland have enjoyed a three-game spell that has produced nine points, with the Black Cats not conceding a goal in that stretch of games. Sunderland's last defeat at the Stadium of Light came in late November when Burton Albion picked up the points. In their last 13 outings in all competitions, Sunderland have lost just once.


Press Talk: Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson spoke about how he wants his side to maintain standards the set in their recent unbeaten run. Talking to, Parkinson said, "There can be no drop in standards in training or on a matchday. Everyone in and around the top six are on good runs, but we have got to concentrate on ourselves. We had a good week last week and we have trained well so far and now we have got to take that into Saturday’s game." 

Last Time We Met: The two sides met at the Mem last March in the Semi-Final stage of the EFL Trophy. Sunderland scored a goal in each half through Will Grigg and Lewis Morgan to give the Black Cats a 2-0 win. The sides are yet to meet in the 2019/20 campaign. 

Betting: Rovers are 5/1 to pick up the three points on Saturday afternoon with Sky Bet. In the first goalscorer markets, Timmy Abraham is 10/1 to open the scoring. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE - please gamble responsibly. 

Travel and Info: Sunderland have composed a handy guide to the Stadium of Light which is available HERE.

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Tickets: Advance tickets are no longer available instore, but tickets can be purchased on the day from the ground. Over 800 advance tickets have been sold for the fixture.

Ticket prices are shown below:

Adult £20
65+ £17
Under 22's £12
Under 16's £7

How to Follow the Game: iFollow Gas will help you keep track of the action as it unfolds this season with a number of different packages available. Subscribers based in the UK can listen to live commentary as the action unfolds - with an audio season pass priced at £45 or a monthly audio pass costing £4.49. A new package available in the one-match audio pass, which is priced at £2.50. If you are based outside the UK then you can purchase a match pass for £5 to watch the live match live. To browse the match pass packages, please click HERE.

Our twitter account will also be live-tweeting the game.

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