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MATCH PREVIEW: BRISTOL ROVERS (A)

23 March 2021

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A second consecutive away fixture beckons, as Swindon Town travel to Bristol Rovers in what could be a defining fixture in the race to remain in League One.

Scott Twine’s brace enabled the Town to end a run of four straight defeats with an outstanding performance away to in-form Fleetwood Town.

Town were rock bottom at the start of the weekend, but the victory at Highbury Stadium has lifted The Reds all the way out of the relegation zone into 19th place.

It could not be closer at the foot of League One with only two points separating last and 19th place.

Tonight's opponents are quite literally neck-and-neck with The Reds as both teams boast the exact same points and goal difference.

Town are edged ahead of Rovers narrowly thanks to a higher amount of goals scored, but will need every point they can get if they are to beat the drop this season.

The reverse fixture between the two sides culminated with Swindon on the winning side thanks to Brett Pitman’s header in front of the Town End.

It was also a first League clean sheet for the Reds, and they will be looking for nothing less when they take to the Memorial Stadium this evening.

The opposition:

Bristol Rovers appointed Joey Barton to take over from Paul Tisdale on the 22nd of February and since then Rovers have moved at a steady pace, with The Gas winning two and drawing one of Barton’s first eight league games in charge.

Their last victory came in a impressive 4-1 victory against Accrington Stanley at the Memorial Stadium in which goals from Luke Leahy, Alex Rodman, Sam Nicholson and Zain Westbrooke earned an impressive tactical victory against Stanley.

Since the turn of the year, Rovers have opted to deploy with a back line comprising of three defenders and are comfortable in any variation, whether it is a 3-4-1-2, a 3-4-2-1 or a 3-4-3 formation.

Captain Luke Leahy is the major threat to watch out for, contributing with six goals from left wing-back as well as four assists in the division.

He possesses a strong and consistent delivery into the box and The Town will need to be at their best to keep out the Rovers’ captain.

Team news:

Town will be without Jordan Lyden after he managed only twelve minutes at Fleetwood on Saturday and also Christopher Missilou following his call-up to represent DR Congo.

How to watch:

Tonight's game is available to stream via iFollow STFC, where supporters are able to purchase a Match Pass for a fee of £10. For those of you who bought a Match Pass for the postponed fixture, these will still be valid for this evening.


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