It is Derby Day as Swindon Town head to The Memorial Stadium to take on local rivals Bristol Rovers in a mouthwatering clash.
AThe Reds prepare to do battle with The Gas later today - 3pm Kick-Off - and both teams will be looking to win in order to secure the local bragging rights.
Town are coming off a 0-0 draw with Colchester United at SN1 last week, while Rovers came from behind to secure an impressive win over Walsall.
With everything on the line today, allow us to get you set for what is a huge game...
LAST TIME WE MET...
A superbly-taken Jack Payne goal proved to be the difference as the Reds emerged as 1-0 victors over Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium on 23rd March 2021.
|Season / Date||Competition||Result||Town Scorers|
|2020-21 - 23rd Mar (A)||Sky Bet League One||0-1||Payne|
|2020-21 - 21 Nov (H)||Sky Bet League One||1-0||Pittman|
|2019-20 - 13 Nov (A)||Leasing.Com Trophy||1-0|
|2017-18 - 28 Jan (A)||Sky Bet League One||1-0|
|2017-18 - 8 Nov (A)||Checkatrade Trophy||2-4||Goddard, Mullin, Gordon, Woolery|
FULL RECORD V BRISTOL ROVERS
Today's game has SOLD OUT for Town fans.
Town Head Coach Ben Garner has a full squad to choose from with Jonny Williams (Concussion) and Harry McKirdy (quad) both available for selection again, while midfielders Anthony Grant and Jordan Lyden could also be involved.
Anssi Jaakkola, Mark Hughes, Alex Rodman, Trevor Clarke and Leon Clarke are all ruled out for Rovers, while Sam Finley, Paul Coutts, Sam Nicholson and Luke Thomas are all doubtful for the game.
ONE TO WATCH
Brett Pitman is a name Town fans know well with the well-travelled striker having had a stint at SN1 last season, scoring 12 goals in over 30 outings.
Now operating as Rovers' lone No. 9, Pitman will no doubt be motivated to score against his former team today and he will be a threat with his know-how inside the box.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS:
Joey Barton, Bristol Rovers Manager: "We're hoping that they turn up with the energy that the fans who travelled to Walsall turned up with last Saturday. They showed our players what an incredible fanbase we have and hopefully we will have 5,6,7 thousand more in the stadium on Saturday.
'Hopefully, they can drive the lads on because they must realise that they are the 12th man. Over the COVID period, I think everybody in football has realised how important it is to have a passionate fanbase and I certainly we suffered from not having the Gasheads in the stadium.
'I've mentioned multiple times that they are worth nine to twelve points a season and we've got to give them something to shout about. Hopefully, the fact that it is Swindon and an old Manager returning on Saturday will bring the Gasheads out in numbers and they'll get right behind the lads because these players are desperate to do well for the fans and I think the fans are desperate for these players to do well as well."
Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "Our focus is here and we're looking forward to the game.
"We are concentrating on us and we're not looking out of these four walls. We're focussing in-house and on what we're doing.
"We analyse the opposition and we look at what they've been doing in terms of performances, but our focus is squarely on us and we've got no concerns about what other teams are doing and what they are trying to do this season.
"It is wasted energy for us - all of our energy and focus will be on what we can control.
"It is a derby game but it is the supporters that give it more spice and rightly so - it will be a great atmosphere tomorrow, we'll take a great away following again as we have done in every game but, as professionals, our focus needs to be on our process and our preparation and what we do.
"We can't prepare in any more detail and work any harder than what we do week in and week out, so there is no extra 10 percent to find.
"We're already working at the maximum, we're already putting everything in every single week for every single game because, if we didn't do that, that would be disrespectful to the club and to the supporters because we're not giving everything.
"We give everything every week and the fact that it is a derby game and there is a little bit of extra spice to it, that is added to by the supporters which is fantastic and hopefully that will give us an extra edge tomorrow."
ELSEWHERE IN SKY BET LEAGUE TWO:
Bradford City v Rochdale (3pm)
Carlisle United v Forest Green Rovers (3pm)
Colchester United v Salford City (3pm)
Exeter City v Walsall (3pm)
Mansfield Town v Barrow (3pm)
Newport County v Scunthorpe United (3pm)
Northampton Town v Sutton United (3pm)
Oldham Athletic v Harrogate Town (3pm)
Port Vale v Leyton Orient (3pm)
Stevenage v Hartlepool United (3pm)
Tranmere Rovers v Crawley Town (3pm)
Referee - Robert Lewis
Assistant Referee - Christopher Husband
Assistant Referee - Dean Treleaven
Fourth Official - Joe Clarke
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE
Haven't got a ticket for today's game? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.
In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.