Accrington Stanley vs Bristol Rovers Match Analysis & Prediction
14/01/2023 6:00 pm
Relegated-threatened Accrington Stanley play host to Bristol Rovers at the Wham Stadium in the latest round of League One matches this weekend.
While the hosts are currently languishing in the relegation zone, two points from safety, the visitors are firmly involved in the intensley-competitive playoff picture.
After suffering consecutive league defeats to Morecambe on December 29 and then four days later against Derby County, Accrington Stanley will face an FA Cup third round replay following on from being held to 1-1 draw by National League side Boreham Wood.
However, John Coleman’s side were victorious in their exploits to progress to the Football League Trophy semi-finals after a penalty-shootout victory over Lincoln City on Tuesday.
After just one defeat in the last 12 encounters between the two sides, Stanley will be confident about accomplishing their mission of finally handing their supporters something to celebrate in the league come 5pm on Saturday.
After five victories in their last eight league matches dating back to mid-November, Bristol Rovers continued their strong run of form with consecutive three-point hauls in their next two games.
Joey Barton’s side began 2023 with back-to-back victories over relegation candidates Cheltenham Town and Cambridge United.
They began their opening gambit of 2023 on New Year’s Day, as goals from Aaron Collins and Josh Coburn secured a 2-1 victory for the hosts. The Pirates followed that triumph with another win six days later at the Abbey Stadium by the same scoreline.
Rovers were relieved of their EFL Trophy duties, although with a much-altered starting XI, by the current league leaders Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday.
Accrington Stanley vs. Bristol Rovers Head to head
In the previous 16 meetings between these two sides, Accrington Stanley have claimed 10 victories while Bristol Rovers have won three, and they have drawn in three. Rovers have scored 21 goals and conceded 24 in the process.
12/01/2019Accrington Stanley0Bristol Rovers0League One
07/09/2019Bristol Rovers3Accrington Stanley3League One
02/02/2021Accrington Stanley6Bristol Rovers1League One
09/03/2021Bristol Rovers4Accrington Stanley1League One
24/09/2022Bristol Rovers0Accrington Stanley1League One
Accrington Stanley Team News
After being rested against Lincoln City in midweek, Toby Savin should be restored to the Accrington Stanley starting XI at the expense of cup goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.
Aaron Pressley is expected to keep his place as the main attacking asset in the final third alongside Shaun Whalley.
Accrington Stanley's Last 5 Matches
26/12/2022Accrington Stanley1Barnsley1League One
29/12/2022Morecambe2Accrington Stanley0League One
02/01/2023Derby County4Accrington Stanley0League One
07/01/2023Boreham Wood1Accrington Stanley1FA Cup
10/01/2023Lincoln City2Accrington Stanley2(P)EFL Trophy
Bristol Rovers Team News
James Belshaw is expected to regain his place in goal for Bristol Rovers after being given the night off against Plymouth Argyle.
Aaron Collins and fellow attacking outlets Josh Coburn and Scott Sinclair could be recalled to the starting side for the trip to Lancashire.
Bristol Rovers's Last 5 Matches
26/12/2022Wycombe Wanderers2Bristol Rovers1League One
29/12/2022Bristol Rovers3Exeter City4League One
01/01/2023Bristol Rovers2Cheltenham Town1League One
07/01/2023Cambridge United1Bristol Rovers2League One
10/01/2023Bristol Rovers0Plymouth Argyle2EFL Trophy
Accrington Stanley vs. Bristol Rovers: Odds and Predictions
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