31.12.22 Match Preview - Rovers v Cheltenham Town

The Gas start 2023 by welcoming Cheltenham Town to BS7!

Manager Preview

Joey Barton has said that Cheltenham will provide a much tougher test this time around and that his side will be looking to start tomorrow's game on 'the front foot' after late drama snatched the points from Rovers in our previous game against Exeter City;

“We won comfortably at their place earlier this season but they’ve picked up their form and will be a different proposition for us at home where we’re expected to win. Like I said after the Exeter game, we can’t continue to need to score two, three, four goals to win games and we know we need to tighten up at the back. It was good to get minutes into Lofty, Sam and Harry and our own form hasn’t exactly been bad, so we’ll be going out on the front foot and look to get the Gasheads behind us. When that happens, no-one enjoys having to face us at The Mem.”


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Form Guide

Cheltenham Town currently sit in 16th place in the League One standings, with 28 points from their 22 league games this season. In their last outing, the Robins picked up three points against Shrewsbury Town in a game which saw Charlie Raglan and former Rovers captain Luke Leahy receive their marching orders. Across their last five league games, Cheltenham have won three and lost twice with their two losses coming against Plymouth and Forest Green Rovers.

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How to Watch

Our New Year's Day clash against Cheltenham Town is available to stream live on iFollow! 

Match passes cost £10 with most of the revenue generated coming back to the football club.

If you would like to purchase a match pass, please click HERE.


Ref Watch

Ollie Yates is the referee for our 2023 opener at The Mem on Sunday afternoon. Referee Yates has taken charge of seven games in League One up to this point in the season. Across those seven games, referee Yates awards an average of 23.71 fouls per game. Yates has shown 31 yellow cards across those seven games with an average of 4.43 per game. He is yet to produce a red card in League One.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors SkyBet have priced Rovers at 5/6 for the win on New Year's Day. A 2-0 scoreline in favour of the Gas can be backed at 8/1. On the goalscorer markets, Aaron Collins is at 5/1 to open the scoring at The Mem whilst Scott Sinclair can be backed at 3/1 to score anytime throughout Sunday's clash. 

*Odds correct at the time of writing. Please bet responsibly. To bet with SkyBet, please click HERE.

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