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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Entertain Bristol Rovers This Weekend

City take on the Gas this weekend...

6 April 2019

Factfile
Founded: 1883 (as Black Arabs F.C.)
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Capacity: 12,300
Address: Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0AQ
Pitch Size: 101 x 68 metres
Club Nickname: The Pirates or The Gas
Year Ground Opened: 1921

 

Greatest Manager - Darrell Clarke

Clarke's professional career started in 1995 with Mansfield Town, as well as playing for Hartlepool, Stockport, Port Vale, Rochdale and then finishing his playing career at Salisbury as player manager in 2013.

Clarke would then move into management in June 2013, becoming assistant manager of Bristol Rovers under John Ward. After Ward moved to director of football in 2014, Clarke took over as manager with his first game in charge ending with a 1-0 win over Morecambe.

A great season for Clarke winning three managers of the month awards, Clarkled The Pirates back into League Two after a 5-3 penalty shoot win over Grimsby Town. Bristol Rovers would go on to get back to back promotions after finishing third thanks to a stoppage time winner against Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day of the season. Clarke would end up departing Bristol Rovers in December 2018.

 

Last Six

Win- Scunthorpe 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Win- Gillingham 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Draw- Bristol Rovers 0-0 Charlton

Draw- Plymouth 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Lost- Doncaster 4-1 Bristol Rovers

Lost- Bristol Rovers 1-2 Luton 

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 16
Draw: 9
Bristol Rovers (W): 17

 

Opposition

Bristol Rovers currently sit in the 16th in League One but are still in a relegation fight sitting only three points above the drop.

After losing their last two games against Doncaster and Luton the Pirates will be looking to bounce back as they visit the Ricoh.

Former Sky-Blue Jonson Clarke-Harris is looking a real threat currently scoring nine in his last nine games and will be needed as they look to seek safety from the relegation zone.

 

Last Time We Met

The last time the two sides met was back in September at the Memorial Stadium.

After a tough start to Bristol Rovers season, they came out the blocks fast, with the first goal of the day coming from Gavin Reilly on the 7th minute, with a second coming twelve minutes later through Tom Lockyer.

Ollie Clarked added a third after 23 minutes before Coventry found the back of the net in the 44th minute when Dom Hyam scored for the Sky Blues.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues go into this weekend’s fixture as favourites at 23/20 to take all three points at the Ricoh, with Bristol Rovers at 12/5.

Last weekends goal scorer Jordy Hiwula is at 11/5 to score anytime with second goal scorer Luke Thomas at 7/2 to score again.


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