26.08.22 Match Preview - Rovers v Shrewsbury Town

Rovers are back in BS7 this weekend as we welcome Steve Cotterill's Shrewsbury Town. Check out all the pre-match information below!

Rovers fell to defeat in our previous game against Portsmouth last weekend. Since our last game, Joey Barton has added Luke McCormick to the squad. The midfielder signed a three-year deal with the Gas on Wednesday morning.

Coach's Preview

Player Preview

Last Time Out

Opposition View 

Steve Cotterill has said to shrewsburytown.com that 'there are no easy games' in League One as he prepares his side for Saturday's test at The Mem.

"They're all tough games. There is no easy game in this league and anyone who thinks we've had a tough run of games and the next batch isn't going to be as tough, you need to get that out of your head. 

"There isn't an easy game and this is a tough one. Whenever you play a newly promoted team they always have something about them which is why they got promoted in the first place. We had tough games last year against Morecambe, Cheltenham and Cambridge and it'll be another tough game on Saturday, I'm sure."


Familiar Faces

Luke Leahy will be the one familiar face for Gasheads in the Shrewsbury squad. Luke was at Rovers for two years and was made captain of the club during the 2020/21 season when Joey Barton joined the club. During his stay in BS7, Luke made 70 appearances for Rovers scoring eight goals. 


Form Guide

The Shrews currently occupy 18th place in the League One table. After five games this season, Shrewsbury have won one game, drawn two and lost two with their sole victory coming against Wycombe Wanderers in August. Shrewsbury have found goals hard to come by in their opening five games with Luke Leahy and Matthew Pennington being the two players with goals to their name so far this season.


Ref Watch

Sam Purkiss is the match official for this weekend's clash at The Mem. Purkiss has taken charge of two Sky Bet League One games so far this season and on average produces 2.50 yellow cards per game and 15.00 fouls per game. Referee Purkiss has sent off one player in League One this season with that red card coming in Charlton Athletic's 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle with James Wilson receiving his marching orders.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 11/8 for the win on Saturday afternoon. Rovers can also be backed at 10/1 to win the game 2-0. On the goalscorer markets, Antony Evans is priced at 8/1 to open the scoring, whilst Harry Anderson can be backed at 3/1 to score at any time throughout the clash.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

How to Follow

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