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PREVIEW | Bristol Rovers (A)

10 August 2018

Accrington Stanley will hope to bounce back from defeat on the opening day of the Sky Bet League One season when they visit Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

Darrell Clarke's Rovers were also beaten last weekend, losing 2-1 at the ABAX Stadium against Peterborough.

Stanley last visited the Memorial Stadium in 2015, when Billy Kee scored a spectacular overhead kick to secure all three points for the Reds in a League Two encounter.

Bristol Rovers are unbeaten in their last eight home league games, winning two and drawing six, though the last four home fixtures have all ended 1-1.

Rovers have not beaten Stanley since April 2012 and have lost each of the last six meetings between the sides.

Those six wins on the bounce against the Pirates represent Stanley's longest current winning run against any side in all competitions.

Ticket News

Stanley fans are still able to purchase match tickets, priced as follows:

Seating: (fans are asked to enter through turnstiles 24-26)Standing:Disabled supporters:
Adults - £22

65+/16-21 - £18

Under 16 - £10

Under 11 - £5
Adults - £18

65+/16-21 - £14

Under 16 - £10

Under 11 - £5
Adults - £11

65+/16-21 - £7

Under 16 - £5

Carer is free of charge.

Bristol Rovers are anticipating a busy day at the ticket office and recommend supporters purchase their tickets online.

For those buying tickets on the day, Rovers would like to remind fans to do this at the ticket office situated outside the ground between the North Terrace and West Stand.

They also advise getting to the ground early to avoid queueing for your ticket and would like to point out that they cannot accept cash on the turnstiles.

Team News

John Coleman has no new injury concerns ahead of the 3pm kick-off.

New signings Offrande Zanzala, Andrew Scott, Andy Mangan and keeper Connor Ripley will all be hoping to force their way into the manager's plans after frontman Kayden Jackson left for Ipswich Town for over £1m on transfer deadline day.

Rovers also signed two strikers on deadline day, with Stefan Payne making the switch from Shrewsbury Town and Alex Jakubiak joining on a season-long loan from Watford.

Clarke was unable to secure the services of another left back before the transfer window shut, and has told the media that he could increase his options with a loan signing after central defender James Clarke played there on Saturday with Tareiq Holmes-Dennis still returning from injury.

Match Officials

Referee - Nicholas Kinseley

Assistant Referee 1 - Samuel Ogles

Assistant Referee 2 - Thomas Harty

Fourth Official - Grant Taylor


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