MATCH PREVIEW: Colchester United v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers travel to Essex in a bid to continue their rise up the League Two table when they take on Colchester United in midweek.

The Gas left it late to secure a 2-2 draw at Bradford City last time out and will be looking to move into the top half with a win at the Jobserve Community Stadium.

The point at Valley Parade could have turned into all three late on if the Bradford goalkeeper had not been in inspired form and manager Joey Barton believes although lucky to be in the game at certain points, his side were good enough to win it.

“First half, we weren’t at the races,” Barton told BristolLive.

“Luke Thomas, Sammy Nicholson and obviously Brett will get the headlines because it’s one hell of a goal. But I thought the boys, like Antony Evans dropping down, were brave when they got the ball and they took the game on.

“I felt we were unfortunate not to win it in the end. Connor (Taylor) thinks his header is going in but it looks like it just clips a defender or Aaron (Collins) which keeps it out. It would’ve been a really nice cherry on top.

“However, on reflection coming here this season, it keeps our momentum going. We know we’re not the finished article but it backs up the positive result at home last weekend with another hard-earned point on the road.

“The best is yet to come but a really nice point to take back with us and we know that we can be miles better in many departments.”

Rovers have Cian Harries back after serving a one match suspension for picking up five yellow cards. Harvey Saunders is a doubt for the match after limping off on Saturday.

Colchester go into the game also leaving it late in their last match, this time though it was for a victory over early season pace setters Harrogate Town.

The U’s were 1-0 winners over Harrogate and in a match that saw 20-year-old Sylvester Jasper score his first senior goal and the Fulham loanee has spoken of how it’s one he will never forget.

“It was my first professional goal in front of my family who came to watch from London, so it was a beautiful day,” Jasper told the Daily Gazette.

“I’ll always remember this day, for however long I play.

“It was a great way to win the game, in the last few minutes and the crowd were rocking.

“It was beautiful, seeing all their faces.

“If Brendan (Wiredu) had done that run and slipped me in, the goal don’t come!

“I owe everything to him really – he’s my guy and I hope he keeps doing it for me.”

Jasper was a substitute for the Harrogate game and will be hoping his goal will be enough for boss Hayden Mullins to put him in the starting lineup for the midweek match.

Mullins has no further injury concerns going into the game.

Lineup Predictions:

Colchester United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): George, Tchamadeu, Chambers, Eastman, Daniels; Wiredu, Hannant; Skuse, Sears, Jasper, Nouble.

Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):

Score Predictions:

Max: Colchester United 1-2 The Gas

Jack: Colchester United 0-2 The Gas

Simon: Colchester United 1-1 The Gas