MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Fleetwood Town

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers host Fleetwood Town at the Memorial Stadium this weekend looking for a first league win in three.

Rovers have lost two of their last three league games but do go into the game on the back of a FA Cup First Round win away at Walsall.

The Gas are without first choice goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola for the game after the Big Fin was called up to the national team. This means Jordi Van Stappershoef will come into the side.

This will be the Dutchman’s first league start this season, with his 3 appearances so far coming in the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy. Van Stappershoef made five league appearances last season, conceding 11 goals and keeping one clean sheet.

Further team news for Rovers is that Josh Barrett and Alex Rodman remain absent through fitness issues. Boss Ben Garner may opt to keep playmaker Erhun Oztumer in the side after an impressive display in the win at Walsall.

Fleetwood go into the game also looking to bounce back in the league.

The Cod Army were beaten 3-2 at Charlton earlier this month with an FA Cup exit at the hands of Hull to back it up.

Fleetwood do have Jordan Rossiter available after the midfielder returned from a lengthy spell out injured in the Papa John’s Trophy win over Sunderland.

The former Liverpool and Rangers midfielder played 45 minutes in the 2-1 win and spoke after the game about his return to the side.

“It felt amazing to be back out there with the lads, it’s been almost a year to the day that I picked up the injury against Tranmere, it’s been a long time,” Rossiter told the club’s website.

“Obviously coming up to a year now but it feels absolutely brilliant to be back out there with the lads.

“The lads were absolutely brilliant, a lot of young lads played today, and I thought they were all played really well. I was a bit sloppy with my first touch for the first goal which was a little bit disappointing but the lads managed to get the win in the second half and we’re through to the second round.”

Injury news for Joey Barton’s side is that they may be without trio Callum Camps, Ched Evans and Harvey Saunders after all three were forced off in the defeat at Hull through injury. Camps’ knock seems to not be as serious as Evans or Saunders’ and the former Rochdale man could be in line to make a swift return.

Lineup Predictions:

Score Predictions:

Simon – The Gas 1-3 Fleetwood

Jack – The Gas 2-1 Fleetwood

Harley – The Gas 1-1 Fleetwood

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