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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Fleetwood Town

13 November 2020

All the pre-match info, ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One encounter.

Rovers entertain Fleetwood Town at the Mem this Saturday, as focus once again returns to the league after last weekend's Emirates FA Cup action.

The fixture starts a busy week for the Gas, who are back in action on Wednesday evening against Chelsea U21s in the Papa John's Trophy, before making the short journey down the M4 to face Swindon next weekend.

Manager's Preview...

Ben Garner hosted his pre-match press on Friday afternoon with the local press and discussed what he's expecting from Saturday's encounter.

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Manager's Preview - Ben Garner on Fleetwood Town

Opposition View...

Joey Barton's side travel to the Mem in 10th place in the league standings, bunched in a cluster of teams that are hovering outside of the top-six.

Barton's recent encounters with the Gas have been eventful, with the Fleetwood Manager being sent to the stands twice in previous fixtures between the two sides.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's contest, the Fleetwood boss highlighted where he expects the Gas to carry a threat on Saturday, telling the Fleetwood Town official website, “They (Rovers) have a real threat from set-plays, I think they’ve clearly worked hard on them on the training ground so we will have to be on the ball and alert at all times for those. This will include throw-ins as they have a few sharp throwers in the side.


“We’ll have to be on the money. It’s about getting back to our bread and butter and turn up with a performance with the physical intensity against Bristol on Saturday to get more points on the board.”

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Form Guide...

The Cod Army made a strong start to the campaign, with four wins on the spin in all competitions in their first four games.

That impressive run was followed by a stretch of four straight defeats, with Fleetwood's form levelling out over recent weeks.

In the congested October schedule, Joey Barton's side did manage to expand a winning streak to three games, picking up maximum points against Oxford, Gillingham and Shrewsbury without conceding a goal.

Fleetwood were in action during midweek, as they recorded a 2-1 win at home over Sunderland in the Papa John's Trophy.

Barton alluded to the absence of striker Ched Evans this weekend through injury, but Fleetwood can still call on the ever-present Paddy Madden, who has four goals to his name already this season.

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Previous Encounters...

The last three fixtures between the two sides have ended goalless.

A recent game between the two sides that Gasheads will have fond memories of is the encounter that took place at the Mem back in December 2018. An eventful encounter looked poised to end in a 1-1 draw, that was until James Clarke rocked up with a late winner that proved to be a momentum boosting three points for Rovers, who carried the good form over the busy festive period.

 

How to watch...

Saturday's game is available to watch live on iFollow!

It's important that fans sign up to watch via the games via the Rovers Official website - to ensure the Club receives a percentage of the revenue generated by match pass sales.

If you are a season ticket holder, due to changes in the match pass iFollow process, you should now already be assigned your match pass to your account! 

If there are any fans with queries surrounding this change in distribution, please email seasonticketenquiries@bristolrovers.co.uk. 

The link below has all the information you will need to watch tomorrow's game.

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iFollow Guide: Fleetwood Town

Around the grounds...

Shrewsbury entertain Swindon on Saturday, as MK Dons head to the Stadium of Light. With the international break in full swing, the action this weekend is spread out somewhat, with Monday's fixture between Portsmouth and Plymouth catching the eye as a clash between teams on the cusp of the top six.


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