28.02.23 Match Preview Rovers v Barnsley

Rovers entertain Barnsley in a League One clash.

The Gas welcome Barnsley to The Memorial Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm), looking to build on last week's 3-0 win at Oxford United.

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BARNSLEY head coach Michael Duff says he is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with former Burnley team-mate Joey Barton on Saturday afternoon - and is expecting his Bristol Rovers side to possess traits that the midfielder possessed in his playing days.

Duff and Rovers chief Barton were team-mates during the Clarets' Championship title-winning season of 2015-16 and has nothing but kind words to say about him and his work.

Duff said: "I played with Joey for a year and he was brilliant. It was the year we won the league. I think if you asked Joey, he absolutely loved his time at Burnley because the culture was set and he did what he does, he was a very good player, a leader who was tough and demanding.

"I get on well with Joey. He's gone down there and they have a way of playing and he seems to have the support of everyone at Rovers.

"It was a bit of a mess and disruptive when he first went in, but he seems to have brought it all together."


Form Guide

The latest five results for both sides:

Rovers: L L D L W

Barnsley: D W W W W


How to Follow

Tomorrow's game is available via Audio Pass on iFollow!

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Ref Watch

The referee for tomorrow's game is Thomas Parsons, who was also in charge of our 2-1 away win at Cambridge in January; a game in which he handed out seven yellow cards. Overall this season, Parsons has officiated in 17 games, including four in League One, and his totals so far are 80 yellow and three red cards. He blows his whistle for a foul an average of 25 times a game.


What Are The Odds? 

Rovers are priced at 12/5 to win tomorrow according to Sky Bet's latest odds, whereas a goalless draw is currently 17/2. If you think Scott Sinclair will score at any time during the contest, the odds are 4/1, whilst former Rover Luke Thomas is 9/2 to grab a goal against his old club. Click HERE to see what's on offer. Please bet responsibly.

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