MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Ipswich Town

Bristol Rovers face Ipswich Town for the second time in 3 weeks this weekend, seeking revenge for their Carabao Cup exit the last time the sides met.

Ipswich won 3-0 at Portman Road earlier this month and followed that up with a 2-0 win over crisis club Wigan on opening day.

Rovers managed to gain an unlikely point away at Sunderland thanks to a valiant defensive display.

Rovers dipped into the transfer market to replace Jonson Clarke-Harris prior to the draw at the Stadium of Light, snapping up forward Brandon Hanlan from Gillingham.

The 23-year-old played just under an hour before coming off with cramp on the opening day and is set to lead the line again this weekend.

Hanlan wasn’t the only Rovers play to leave the field through injury, both Sam Nicholson and Luke Leahy were substituted due to a hamstring issue and hip problem respectively.

Left back David Tutonda could start in Leahy’s place whilst Cameron Hargreaves could come in for Nicholson if neither are fit to start.

Ipswich go into the game in high spirit after two wins from three, with their only defeat of the new season coming against Premier League Fulham on Wednesday night.

The Tractor Boys are one of the favourites for promotion this season after a disappointing first campaign in League One.

Paul Lambert’s side started the season well last term but ended up falling to a disappointing 11th place by their standards.

Ipswich’s build up to the last time these two sides met was overshadowed by wantaway midfielder Flynn Downes after it was confirmed that The Tractor Boys had rejected a bid from Crystal Palace for the 21-year-old.

Downes had not featured in either of Town’s first two matches but did come on as a substitute in the defeat to Fulham and manager Paul Lambert spoke of his decision to bring him back into the first team picture.

“We had a chat yesterday and I understand the rigmarole he has been going through,” Lambert told iFollow Ipswich.

“You have to remember he’s only a young man. Now is the time to let him play his football.

“He has a fight on his hands to get back in the team. Teddy [Bishop], Doz [Andre Dozzell], Nolo [Jon Nolan] and Emyr [Huws] are all doing well.

“There’s good competition in that area. Let’s let Flynn get back out there and focus on playing.”

Ahead of the game, Cole Skuse, Kane Vincent-Young, Kayden Jackson are all doubts for the match after recovering from spells on the sidelines.

Jackson and strike partner James Norwood are still subject to heavy interest from elsewhere.

Fellow striker Aaron Drinan, who led the line when the sides last met, is also a doubt after coming off at half time on the opening day as a precaution and did not feature on Wednesday night.

GasCast Predictions:

Simon and Mets – Rovers 1-1 Ipswich

Harley – Rovers 1-0 Ipswich

Max – Rovers 1-2 Ipswich