MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol Rovers v Colchester United

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers entertain Colchester United this week only outside of the play offs on goal difference.

The Gas beat Harrogate Town 3-0 at the weekend to maintain pressure on the top seven and are now just three points off second place Northampton Town with ten games to play and manager Joey Barton gave his thoughts on the run in after the match.

“We’ve got 10 to go,” Barton told BristolLive.

“We’re right in the race. I won’t bore you all with the old adage and all the cliches. But we’ve just got to pay our dues Tuesday night.

“We’ve got to rest, recover and go again. Colchester had a good win today and at the stage we’re at you’ve just got to focus on your business. The only thing we can control is the next cup final.

“I spoke to the lads and this is a cup final. We’ve just got to go and win this cup game. We managed to do that today and we managed to do that at Crawley on Tuesday.

“We’ve been playing high stakes high pressure football for a long period because we had a slow start and we’ve had to play catch up. Honestly, the best thing about this is that nobody in our dressing room is getting carried away. Absolutely no player is getting carried away.”

Sam Nicholson remains a doubt for Tuesday’s match after the forward missed the wins over Crawley and Harrogate as a precaution. Sam Finley is one booking away from a two match suspension and with the potentially crucial game against Northampton next up, Barton may choose to rest the midfielder.

Colchester go into the game unbeaten in 4 to pull away from the immediate danger of relegation however the U’s know that they need a few more wins to guarantee a place in the fourth-tier next season.

Wayne Brown’s side were in danger before he took over on an interim basis in January but they’ve won five of the 12 under him including the club’s last two games.

A win over play off chasing Port Vale was followed up by 3-1 win over Scunthorpe with Noah Chilvers scoring twice.

After the win, manager Brown praised his goalscoring midfielder.

“We all know what qualities Noah’s got,” Brown told the Daily Gazette.

“He’s shown it for a very long time now.

“I’ve done other interviews this season where I’ve said if he plays like that, then we’ll do very well to keep him.

“It was another good performance.

“Not only have we asked him to go in and play as an eight but we also asked him to play as a ten in the second half and then we put him out on the left.

“Wherever he’s played on the pitch, he’s done a great job for the team and getting two goals just tops it off for him.”

Brown has no new injury concerns ahead of the game and may opt to play the same side that beat bottom of the league Scunthorpe.

Lineup Predictions:

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

Colchester United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): George (GK), Coxe Chambers, Smith, Kenlock, Wiredu, Skuse, Hannant, Chilvers, Edwards, Sears.

Score Predictions:

Max, Mets and Simon: The Gas 2-1 Colchester United

Sam: The Gas 2-0 Colchester United