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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United

8 January 2021

The Gas host Premier League Sheffield United this weekend in the FA Cup 3rd round, check out our full preview below...

Hotly anticipated when the 3rd round draw took place in late-November, the Gas look forward to hosting Sheffield United this weekend as they look to pull off a shock in the world's oldest cup competition.

A victory over Blackpool will buoy confidence after Tisdale's Gas put possible fatigue from their enforced COVID-19 break to bed, securing a 2-1 victory at the Mem on Saturday. The goals from Brandon Hanlan and Sam Nicholson were of outstanding quality, but Tisdale will be hoping his side can be even more clinical in front of goal going forward.

Manager's Preview...

Ahead of his side's cup game, Paul Tisdale spoke to the press and covered topics such as the loan addition of Joe Day, his memories of the Emirates FA Cup and his thoughts on Saturday's opposition.

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Manager's Preview - Paul Tisdale on Sheffield United

Opposition View...

Blades boss Chris Wilder spoke about his thinking heading into Saturday's tie, saying, “We’ve possibly got 16 outfield players fit and healthy to travel. We have to get back to basics. This is a huge game for us as a football club because of the situation we’re in. We need a win.”

Head over to Sheffield United's Official Twitter for snippets from Wilder's pre-match press call.

Form Guide...

The Gas should not be complacent regarding Sheffield United's well-documented struggles in the Premier League this season, with Wilder's side picking up two points so far this campaign. This United side largely remains one that went toe-to-toe with some of the best in the 2019/20 season, and finished a strong 9th, after flirting with European spots for most of the season.

This season hasn't been a continuation of the fairytale so far, with recent narrow losses against Everton, Burnley, and Crystal Palace pushing the Blades further adrift from Premier League safety. Wilder will likely look to this FA Cup game as an opportunity to kickstart his side's league form, with Rovers expecting a tough game this weekend.

Previous encounter...

Such is the trajectory of the Gas' opposition this weekend, it's easy to forget that the sides last met in the league in just 2017! In a campaign where Rovers solidified their status in League One following back-to-back promotions, a well-fought 0-0 draw against the title-bound Blades left Darrell Clarke pleased with his side.

How to Watch...

This weekend's tie has been selected for live streaming on BT Sport platforms, and is being streamed in over 100 countries around the globe! To find out more about where you can catch the Gas wherever you are, check out the story below.

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Where to catch Rovers v Sheffield United!

Around the Grounds!

The FA Cup 3rd Round weekend is likely to bring its usual dose of magic and cup drama as sides from across 8 tiers of English football meet, with some mouthwatering ties on the way. A highlight of the draw has to be Marine AFC's home tie against Tottenham Hotspur, at the time of drawing, the highest rank side in the draw versus the lowest, with Jose Mourinho set to take his squad of internationals to Rossett Park. Elsewhere, Chorley face Wayne Rooney's derby side on Saturday, and Morecambe make the journey down to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. Other noticeable ties include Southampton against Shrewsbury Town, Crawley Town versus Leeds United, and Burnely's home game against MK Dons.


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