MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Northampton Town

Bottom of the table Bristol Rovers entertain newly promoted Northampton Town this weekend with many believing it to be a must win for under fire boss Ben Garner.

Garner currently has a 9.52% win percentage after 21 games in charge and after a massive overhaul in the summer in terms of players, Time is running out for the former West Brom and Crystal Palace coach.

Rovers drew their opening game with Sunderland 1-1 but this was followed by a defeat at home to Ipswich and a thrashing at the hands of Doncaster last time out.

Josh Hare could return for Rovers after being left out of the 4-1 defeat at the Keepmoat last weekend and with fellow right back mark little nursing a calf injury, it is likely that the 26 year old will deputise in his place.

Other team news for the Gas is that wingers Sam Nicholson and Josh Barrett are pushing for a return following injury although Alex Rodman remains an ongoing casualty.

Saturday’s visitors Northampton Town on the other hand have had a better start to life back in League One following their play-off win over Exeter in August.

The Cobblers sit in 10th place on four points after three games and manager Keith Curle is confident that his side will improve on what he describes as an average start.

“I would probably have to say, looking at the stats, it has been an average start,” Curle told the Northampton Chronicle.

“I like winning, I can handle drawing games, but I don’t like losing.

“The manner we got the defeat on Saturday saw lots of areas that we can still work on.

“We did the video debrief over the weekend with the analyst and the coaches, and there were lost of good things to come out of that game.

“When you think that you are playing against a team that have got a reputation, that have got aspirations to be finishing at the top of this division, and we gave them a game.”

With Northampton taking the trip to the South West this weekend, it also means a return to The Mem for Rovers legend Chris Lines.

Lines, who made his 500th career appearance during his second spell at the Gas – much to former boss Graham Coughlan’s grumblings, secured a fifth promotion to his CV at Northampton and is in contention to play against his former club.

Other team news for The Cobblers sees a possible return for Benny Ashley-Seal, who missed the defeat at Hull last time out.

Lineup Predictions:

Score Predictions:

Harley – The Gas 2-0 Northampton Town

Max and Mets – The Gas 2-1 Northampton Town

Simon – The Gas 3-1 Northampton Town