MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Lincoln City

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers host Lincoln City this weekend looking to build on the four points they have picked up from their two previous matches.

With just five games to go in the League One season, both Rovers and Lincoln go into Saturday’s game both with something to play for, albeit at opposite ends of the division.

Rovers are 22nd in the table going into the game against fourth place Lincoln after a draw against relegation rivals Northampton last time out and top scorer Luke Leahy, who grabbed his 10th goal of the season in the draw has called for heroes for the final five games of the campaign.

“There is a chance for a hero and someone’s got to take it.,” Leahy told BristolLive.

“We were quite frustrated in there after full-time, but once it’s all died down and looking at it, it’s a positive point because we didn’t get beat.”

“Even if we won, we’d still be in the same sort of position in the relegation battle, so we have to see as a positive and that’s four points out the last two games.”

“All of us know that we can stay up, all of us know we’re good enough to stay up and we’ve had spells in the season when we’ve looked good and we’ve had bad spells.

But there are five games to go and I’ll make sure everyone in the football club wants to be a League One team next season.”

Joey Barton will have Alex Rodman available for Saturday’s game after the midfielder recovered from illness. Alfie Kilgour and Josh Grant are doubts for the game, with Grant being possibly out for the rest of the campaign.

Lincoln go into the game still believing they can mount a charge going for automatic promotion.

Fourth place Lincoln were looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack for the play offs after a sticky patch of form but a resounding victory over MK Dons last time out reaffirmed fan belief in the possibility of promotion this season.

One positive since January Imps fans have seen is the form of on loan Manchester City forward Morgan Rogers.

The teenager, enjoying his first stint in senior football has been awarded for his good form in March with the League One player of the month award and the Imps forward was honoured with his personal accolade.

“I’m really happy to have won the award and appreciate whoever chose me to win it,” Rogers told the club’s website.

“My aims now are to keep progressing and keep improving. I want to try and get as many goals and assists as possible but more importantly contribute to the team and make sure we’re winning games.

“I just need to keep learning and keep improving and see wherever this journey takes me.”

Michael Appleton has no new injury concerns ahead of the weekend’s game and may opt to play the same team that beat MK Dons 4-0 in midweek.

Lineup Predictions:

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (3-4-3):

Lincoln City Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Palmer (GK), Poole, Jackson, Edun, Scully, Bramall, Walsh, McGrandles, Morton, Johnson, Rogers.

Score Predictions:

Simon: The Gas 1-2 Lincoln City

Harley: The Gas 1-0 Lincoln City

Max: The Gas 0-1 Lincoln City