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Match Preview - Exeter v Rovers

20 August 2021

The lowdown on Saturday's fixture against Exeter City.

Rovers make the short trip down the M5 on Saturday to take on the Grecians.

The Gas will be looking to carry forward momentum generated from Tuesday's 1-0 win at the Mem over Oldham.

Over 1,000 Gasheads will make the trip to St James' Park on Saturday and below is all the info you need ahead of kick-off.

Manager's Preview

Joey Barton discussed Saturday's encounter with the local press on Friday morning at the Quarters. Click on the link below to watch his press conference in full. 

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Manager's Preview - Joey Barton on Exeter City

Player Preview

After making his first Rovers start on Tuesday evening, Aaron Collins offered his take on this weekend's fixture.

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Player Preview - Aaron Collins on Exeter City

Opposition Preview

Two draws so far this season have the Grecians placed on 2 points and 20th place in Sky Bet League Two ahead of the weekend's fixture.

Matt Taylor's side are yet to find the net this season in three league games and are currently on a streak of 6 games without scoring.

The Exeter boss has been speaking to the press ahead of Saturday's game.

Focusing on Rovers, Taylor told exetercityfc.co.uk, "I've watched back their game from Tuesday and they were impressive.

"It's a lot closer to what their manager wants from them in terms of personnel and playing style.

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Ref Watch

Christopher Sarginson is the man in the middle on Saturday. The Staffordshire referee took charge of 31 games last season, handing out 78 yellow cards and three red cards. His last time officiating Rovers was our 3-1 home win over Portsmouth last season. Sarginson has been appointed to 23 Sky Bet League Two games so far in his career, averaging 21.78 fouls per game and 2.30 yellow cards per fixture.

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Matchday Info

Rovers will wear our green and yellow away kit at St James' Park on Saturday.

Our away allocation of just under 1,100 is sold out - with no tickets available on the day.

The Centre Spot/The Park Bar and the open-air Export bar in the “Red Square Fanzone are all open to away supporters.

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Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet are offering a 2-0 scoreline to the Gas at 14/1. On the goalscorer markets, Aaron Collins is at 11/4 to be on the scoresheet at any time, while Harvey Saunders is priced at 5/1 to open the scoring.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly. 

How to follow the Game 

Supporters based outside the UK can purchase a match pass HERE to watch the encounter on iFollow. 

Around the Grounds

Early leaders Forest Green Rovers host Crawley looking to preserve their perfect start. Orient make the long trip north to Carlisle, as Rochdale and Northampton go head-to-head. Mansfield entertain Bradford City, while Harrogate are at home to Barrow. Swindon make the trip to Salford, with Stevenage hosting Port Vale. Newport head to Tranmere Rovers, as Scunthorpe, entertain Sutton.


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