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Preview: Bristol Rovers (A)

All the important information ahead of Stanley’s clash with Bristol Rovers

6 September 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman will be hoping his side can make it three wins on the bounce when they travel south to face Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 7th September, 3pm kick-off.

Stanley have won their last two games including Saturday’s league victory over Milton Keynes Dons, and Tuesday night’s win against Fleetwood Town in the Leasing.com Trophy.

Rovers’ Sky Bet League One campaign so far has consisted of two wins, one draw and three losses.

The Gas are managed by Graham Coughlan after he was appointed on a permanent basis in January earlier this year.

Rovers currently occupy 14th place in the table, six places above Stanley in 20th.

The corresponding fixture last season saw Stanley’s Sean McConville grab a brace and secure a 2-1 victory, with the reverse fixture finishing goalless.

Bristol Rovers Line-up Against Plymouth Argyle (3-5-2)

GK: Jordi van Stappershoef
CB: Mark Little
CB: Tony Craig
CB: Rollin Menayese
RM: Alex Rodman
CM: Ed Upson
CM: Cameron Hargreaves
CM: Kyle Bennett
LM: Michael Kelly
ST: Victor Adeboyejo
ST: Tom Nichols 

Key Players

Tom Davies - Davies joined Bristol Rovers in this year’s summer transfer window after making 50 appearances for Coventry City between 2017 and 2019. The defender made 38 appearances for Stanley during the 2015/16 season, scoring one goal and providing one assist. The 27-year-old has made eight appearances for Rovers so far this season.

Ed Upson - Upson began his career with Ipswich Town before departing for Yeovil Town in 2010. The midfielder made 148 appearances for the club during a four-year spell, scoring 17 goals and providing 25 assists. Moves to Millwall and Milton Keynes Dons followed, before the 29-year-old joined Bristol Rovers in 2018. Upson has since gone on to make over 50 appearances for The Gas.

Jonson Clarke-Harris - Clarke-Harris came through the youth system at Coventry City before departing for Peterborough United. A move to Oldham Athletic then followed before signing for Rotherham United a year later. The striker made 79 appearances for the club before returning to Coventry in 2018. The 25-year-old joined Rovers in January 2019, and has since scored 14 goals in 24 appearances for the club.

Team News - Bristol Rovers

Both Ed Upson and Tom Nichols went off with slight injuries during midweek, but manager Graham Coughlan doesn’t expect either to be serious or lasting injuries.

Team News - Stanley

John Coleman will still be without striker Courtney Baker-Richardson, with Offrande Zanzala also expected to miss out, both through injury.

Midfielder Sean McConville is still suspended and is therefore unavailable for selection.

Tickets

Tickets for the match at the Memorial Stadium are now not on sale from the club shop, but supporters travelling down to Bristol without a ticket will be able to pay on the day, CLICK HERE for ticket prices!

Kit

Stanley will be wearing their home kit for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One game at the Memorial Stadium, CLICK HERE to buy yours!


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