Bristol Rovers vs Plymouth Argyle Match Analysis & Prediction
10/01/2023 10:45 pm
Bristol Rovers play host to Plymouth Argyle at the Memorial Stadium in the EFL Trophy quarter-final on Tuesday, in a contest between two League One outfits.
Joey Barton has managed to get his Bristol Rovers side playing a really entertaining brand of football, scoring 42 goals in their opening 26 league matches, the fourth-heghest total of any League One side.
However, his attacking style does mean that his side are regularly caught out at the back, with 43 goals conceded being the highest tally of any side not in the relegation zone.
The Gas finished second in their group including Plymouth, Swindon Town and Crystal Palace U21, before beating Colchester United and MK Dons in the knockout rounds to reach this stage of the competition.
Last time out, Bristol Rovers beat Cambridge United 2-1 away from home in League One to continue their solid away record, with 18 points in 13 matches on their travels ranking them as the sixth-best team on the road in the division.
Plymouth are also enjoying a very good campaign in League One, currently top of the table, five points clear of nearest-rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
While Steven Schumacher’s side have conceded the most of any side in the top six, they have started to show improved signs in defence in recent weeks, only conceding two goals in their last six league matches, while also picking up four wins.
In their most recent game, the Pligrims picked up a decent point away at fifth-placed Bolton Wanderers, keeping it tight at the back in a goalless draw, follwing it up with a 3-1 victory at home to MK Dons.
To get to this point of the competition, Plymouth won their group, before beating Charlton Athletic, and then coming from 3-0 down to draw AFC Wimbledon 3-3, going on to win the penalty shootout.
Bristol Rovers vs. Plymouth Argyle Head to head
In the previous 33 meetings between these two sides across all competitions, they have each claimed 10 victories while drawing in 13. Bristol Rovers have scored 43 goals and conceded 39 in the process.
12/12/2020Bristol Rovers3Plymouth Argyle0League One
20/03/2021Plymouth Argyle2Bristol Rovers0League One
17/07/2021Bristol Rovers1Plymouth Argyle1Club Friendlies
30/08/2022Plymouth Argyle(P)1Bristol Rovers1EFL Trophy
22/10/2022Bristol Rovers2Plymouth Argyle2League One
Bristol Rovers Team News
Anssi Jaakkola is set to come in for James Belshaw, who has been the first-choice goalkeeper for Bristol Rovers in the league for the majority of the season.
Luke McCormick could be given game time in the centre of midfield, replacing Sam Finley, while Lewis Gordon is set to start ahead of Scott Sinclair.
Bristol Rovers's Last 5 Matches
17/12/2022Charlton Athletic1Bristol Rovers2League One
26/12/2022Wycombe Wanderers2Bristol Rovers1League One
29/12/2022Bristol Rovers3Exeter City4League One
01/01/2023Bristol Rovers2Cheltenham Town1League One
07/01/2023Cambridge United1Bristol Rovers2League One
Plymouth Argyle Team News
Sam Cosgrove scored a hat-trick for Plymouth in the turnaround against Wimbledon, so the striker should keep his place, being partnered by Ryan Hardie.
Finley Craske was given game time in the last round, so he may be called upon again, while Oscar Halls is an option at centre-back.
Plymouth Argyle's Last 5 Matches
21/12/2022Plymouth Argyle(P)3AFC Wimbledon3EFL Trophy
26/12/2022Cheltenham Town0Plymouth Argyle1League One
29/12/2022Plymouth Argyle1Wycombe Wanderers0League One
01/01/2023Plymouth Argyle3Milton Keynes Dons0League One
07/01/2023Bolton Wanderers0Plymouth Argyle0League One
Bristol Rovers vs. Plymouth Argyle: Odds and Predictions
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