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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v AFC Wimbledon

11 January 2021

Match Previews

Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v AFC Wimbledon

11 January 2021

The Gas go straight from one cup competition into another this week, as they face AFC Wimbledon in the Papa John's Trophy...

A place in the quarter-finals is on the line in this year's Papa John's Trophy when AFC Wimbledon visit the Mem on Tuesday, with Tisdale's side fresh from a well-fought display against Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

Wimbledon haven't played since the 2nd of January due to cup ties on the 9th, meaning a week-and-a-half rest will do them some good ahead of Tuesday.

Manager's Preview...

Following the Gas' 3-2 defeat to Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday, manager Paul Tisdale offered some thoughts looking ahead to Wimbledon in the Papa John's Trophy...

Opposition Preview...

Glynn Hodges spoke to the ahead of the cup fixture, saying "We know what to expect, we know how he (Paul Tisdale) wants to play whether they make changes or they don't make changes.

"Every game we play we want to win - it can help us gain a bit of momentum."

Form Guide...

The Wombles have suffered somewhat since their defeat to the Gas at the start of December, going on a winless run in the league, losing to Charlton, Crewe, Oxford, and Lincoln City in recent weeks. They did, however, pick up a well-earned point on the road against Sunderland in mid-December.

Wimbledon's route to this stage in the Papa John's Trophy included wins over Charlton Athletic and Brighton Under 21's in the group stages, before a 3-0 demolition of Arsenal under 21's in the 1st knockout round.

Previous encounter...

The Gas' last meeting with AFC Wimbledon produced a memorable encounter in the capital, as the Gas came from behind against the Wombles to secure a 4-2 victory. Sam Nicholson and Brandon Hanlan formed a deadly partnership on the day, with a superb run and finish from Nicholson the highlight of the day's goals.

How to Watch...

Support the Gas from home with a £10 iFollow match pass, as Rovers look to make the quarter-final stages of the contest.

Around the Grounds!

Looking across this week's ties, Hull City host Fleetwood Town in an all-League One clash, while Portsmouth make the trip to Peterborough United. Lincoln City face Accrington Stanley, and MK Dons will take on Northampton Town, making it five all-League One fixtures in total. Elsewhere, Tranmere face the only remaining youth side, Leicester Under 21's, and Oxford United host Cambridge United. Finally, Sunderland welcome Port Vale to the Stadium of Light.

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