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Match Preview - Colchester v Rovers

18 October 2021

Rovers travel to Essex on Tuesday evening as they prepare to face Colchester United in the Sky Bet League Two.

Last time out, Rovers rescued a late point away against Bradford City courtesy of goals from Alfie Kilgour and a stoppage-time equaliser from Brett Pitman. Next up for Rovers is Hayden Mullins' Colchester United at the Jobserve Community Stadium.

Manager's Preview

The Rovers boss spoke to local press at the Quarters on Monday afternoon to share his thoughts on the upcoming game against Colchester United.

Form Guide

Colchester's early form has been mixed, with their tally of 13 points from 11 games seeing them occupy 19th spot in the league standings.

Hayden Mullins' side recorded their first home league win on Saturday over Harrogate, thanks to a late winner from substitute Sylvester Jasper.

Tuesday's opponents have beaten both Oldham and Barrow on the road this season.

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Stat Attack

Two assists from Antony Evans on Saturday was the third time this season that a Rovers player has recorded two assists in a single (Pitman v Walsall and Thomas v Carlisle).

Rovers have been on the scoresheet seven times away from home this season, with seven different goal scorers finding the net away from the Mem.

The U's have taken 13 points from 11 games so far this season, with 4 of those points coming at home. Leading the scoring charts for Colchester this season is Freddie Sears. Sears has three goals to his name so far this season with one of those goals being scored at home in a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town.

Goalkeeper Shamal George has played every minute of Colchester's League Two campaign this season, racking up 990 minutes and keeping two clean sheets in the process.

Rovers last faced Colchester United in 2011, losing 2-1 away from home.


View from the Press Bench 

Jonathan Waldron from the Daily Gazette provides us with an informed look at Tuesday's opponents...

'COLCHESTER United will head into tonight’s game feeling suitably buoyed, following their morale-boosting win over high-flying Harrogate Town last weekend.

'The 1-0 victory, which came courtesy of Sylvester Jasper’s late winner, was the U’s first home triumph of the season in League Two and also saw them chalk up their first home league goal from open play.

'It ended a four-game winless run and Colchester have experienced something of an inconsistent start to the new season, with the high number of summer arrivals and departures at the JobServe Community Stadium contributing to that trend.

'Nevertheless, there have been some good moments so far for Hayden Mullins’ side, not least their away form which has seen them lose just once on their travels in the league all season.

'Colchester will go into tonight’s game looking for the likes of Brendan Wiredu, who provided a superb assist for Jasper’s winner against Harrogate, Shamal George and Cole Skuse in top form and hopeful of chalking up back-to-back wins for the first time, this season."

Ref Watch

Graham Scott is the official in charge of Tuesday's game. Scott has taken charge of five games this season, with his last game being Wolves' win at home over Newcastle United. Over his career, Scott has taken charge of 165 games, averaging 21.70 fouls per game and 3.01 yellow cards per fixture.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 9/5 for the win tomorrow evening.

On the goalscorer markets, Brett Pitman is priced at 5/1 to open the scoring in the match and Harry Anderson is 7/2 to score at any time.

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

How to Follow the Match

Tuesday's game is available to watch live on iFollow. A match pass is priced at £10, with the majority of the revenue coming back to the football club.

To buy a match pass, please click HERE.


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