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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers

18 April 2019

Match Previews

Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon v Bristol Rovers

18 April 2019

Rovers head to South London to face AFC Wimbledon in a game that kick starts a run of three fixtures in eight days over the Easter period.

Last Saturday's late win over Bradford has certainly helped raise momentum for Graham Coughlan's side, as Jonson Clarke Harris' brace saw the striker grab his 11th goal for the club since arriving in January. 

There are now five points between Rovers and the bottom four, but the Sky Bet League One standings are as tight as ever, with ten points separating 22nd and 12th spot, with twelve points still on offer as the season nears its conclusion.

AFC Wimbledon are right in the thick of a relegation battle that could still go either way. The Dons have recuperated a good return of form in recent weeks to claw themselves into a position where they could now pull out of the drop zone. Southend and Walsall have slipped into the bottom four over recent games and AFC Wimbledon will have their eyes set on dragging the likes of Rochdale, Scunthorpe United and Plymouth Argyle into the mix.

Manager's View: Graham Coughlan spoke with the press on Thursday morning and reflected on how crucial the Easter period will be for his side as they look to climb that final hurdle to mathematical safety.

Player's View: After returning to action last week, winger Alex Rodman was also on press duty on Thursday. Rodman talked about being fighting fit for the run in and how he hopes to play a part in the remaining Sky Bet League One games.

Opposition: AFC Wimbledon head into Friday's game knowing that the Easter period is going to be crucial in the outcome of their campaign. In recent weeks, under the guidance of Wally Downes, AFC Wimbledon have picked up 21 points from their last twelve outings to pull themselves closer the teams housed just above the dotted line. At home this season, AFC Wimbledon have taken just nineteen points and have been defeated at home by a single goal margin on eight occasions across the season. The Dons have big games to follow Friday's encounter, with fixtures against Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford City still left to come.  

Last Time We Met: Rovers picked up the points when the sides went head-to-head at the Mem in October. Ed Upson opened the scoring with his first league goal for Rovers in the first half, as Michael Kelly's cross was turned into the net for an own-goal by Will Nightingale to complete the scoring in the second half. 

Tickets: Rovers have sold out their allocation of just under eight-hundred tickets for the fixture, with no tickets available on the day for away fans. Supporters should be aware that checks will be made on the day to ensure the correct ticket category has been purchased. 

Beam Back: The Club will be running a beam back of the game at the Mem. Full details can be found on the link below.

How to Follow: Although the game isn't taking place on a Saturday, the game won't be available domestically on iFollow to subscribers based in the UK and Ireland to watch. The live match centre is your place to follow the game online, with minute-by-minute updates and live match stats.

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