MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Swindon Town

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers go into this weekend’s West Country derby with Swindon with them looking for a first win in 10 on the pitch and a third manager of the season off it.

The Gas were beaten 2-0 at home to Oxford last time out which saw the end of manager Paul Tisdale’s short spell at the club.

You could say though that Tisdale’s sacking was coming, winless in 10 and constantly looking over their shoulders as the gap between them and the bottom four shortened but yet the Gas are somehow above the dreaded relegation places.

Tommy Widdrington takes temporary charge of the side for the second time this weekend and after a win in his only game in charge in his first stint, the current Director of Football will be hoping to continue his 100% record as Rovers take on one of the few teams below them in table, Swindon Town.

Widdrington will be without Anssi Jaakola and Ed Upson for the match with the Robins, both are on the road to recovery following injury but the six pointer comes just too soon for either to feature.

Swindon go into the game on a dismal run themselves having picked up just two wins in their past 14 games and it’s not just the on the pitch woes that’s worrying the fans.

On Deadline Day, Town sold star man Diallang Jaiyesimi to Charlton in a move that bewildered fans at first due to the need to keep the club in the third tier however it soon became apparent there was a bigger reason as to why they sold him.

Chairman Lee Power said that the club were forced into the sale due to the need to stay afloat. Selling Jaiyesimi was to ensure that the club could pay their players until the end of February with Power now looking for further investment in order to keep the club going.

“It’s a ridiculously hard position that we’re in. I use the words on the brink, that’s probably where it is,” Power told BBC Radio Wiltshire.

“Every month I have to worry about finding funding to get the wages paid and that’s where we are.

“I’m surprised we’ve got this far with no supporters and no income since March.”

Under-fire Swindon boss John Sheridan has no new injury concerns ahead of the game and fans will be left seething if they lose against Saturday’s opponents and the former Oldham and Chesterfield boss remains at the helm going forward.

Lineup Predictions:

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (3-5-2):

Swindon Town Predicted XI (4-4-1-1): Travers (GK), Hunt, Odimayo, Conroy, Thompson, Garrick, Palmer, Missilou, Hope, Payne, Pitman.

Score Predictions:

Max, Mets and Jack: The Gas 2-0 Swindon Town

Simon: The Gas 2-1 Swindon Town