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MATCH PREVIEW: BRISTOL ROVERS (H)

20 November 2020

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Swindon Town’s second consecutive match at the County Ground will be a West Country derby against Bristol Rovers.

Following our 3-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night, Town will be hoping to get their first home win since beating Hull at the end of October.

Bristol Rovers being close both geographically and in the League table, are only two points above Swindon in eighteenth place - a win for the Reds will see us leapfrog Rovers.

This will be the first domestic meeting between the two clubs since January 2017 where Bristol narrowly grinded out a 1-0 home victory.

The overall record between the two clubs is very close, with the Town victorious on 44 occasions and Rovers winning 38 times. There have also been 16 draws between 1921 and 2017.

The opposition:

Rovers have endured a rough patch of results in recent weeks themselves and have not registered a League victory in the whole of November, losing 4-1 at home to Fleetwood and 2-0 at home to Peterborough.

Their last victory was a 1-0 away win against Shrewsbury on the 20th October, and they have also lost 3-1 at home to Hull City and drew 1-1 away to Rochdale.

With new manager Paul Tisdale, Bristol Rovers will pose a strong physical test and will be defensively compact outfit at the County Ground.

While their season has also been relatively frustrating, they do boast some impressive results, including a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland and beating Lincoln City 2-1 away from home in October.

It will certainly be a firm test for John Sheridan and his Swindon Town side.

Team News:

Diallang Jaiyesimi returned to running on the training pitch today and Dion Donohue will be in the matchday squad. Zeki Fryers, Jordan Lyden and Tyler Smith are still a few weeks away from match fitness and Ellis Iandolo will be out of action for approximately 6-8 weeks following his injury at Forest Green.

Officials:

Thomas Bramall will be the man in the middle for tomorrow's game, with Robert Dabbs and Andrew Laver as his assistants. Richard Morris will be on duty as fourth official.


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