Plymouth Argyle vs Bristol Rovers Match Analysis & Prediction
25/04/2023 9:45 pm
Plymouth Argyle will be looking for a win that can move them to the brink of promotion to the Championship when they host Bristol Rovers in League One on Tuesday night.
While the hosts sit two points clear of third place with a game in hand, Bristol are down in 15th place and have ambitions to end the season in the top half of the league standings.
While Ipswich Town have been relentless of late, it is Plymouth who hold a one-point lead over the Tractor Boys and another ahead of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
The Pilgrims made it three wins in a row at the weekend as they claimed a 3-1 victory over Cambridge United, kicking on after half time having been level at the break.
Having played a game more than Sheffield Wednesday, Plymouth will guarantee a top-two finish if they can collect five points from their remaining three matches, all of which come against clubs in 15th or lower.
Although Steven Schumacher’s side recently suffered their second home defeat of the season, they have posted an impressive 18 victories from their 21 games at Home Park.
Bristol Rovers’ first campaign back in League One is petering out to a certain degree with three matches having gone without success.
A creditable point was recorded at home to Derby County, but Bristol have since lost to an out-of-form Sheffield Wednesday and a Port Vale side without a manager.
On the positive, survival has been secured, which was their aim at the beginning of 2022-23, yet Joey Barton will want to ensure that his side can go as close to a top-table spot as possible.
The current gap to 12th-placed Fleetwood Town stands at five points, but Bristol Rovers have two games in hand although against more of the best sides in the division.
Plymouth Argyle vs. Bristol Rovers Head to head
In the 34 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Plymouth have claimed 11 victories while Bristol have won 10, and they have drawn in 13. Bristol have scored 43 goals and conceded 41 in the process.
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
10/01/2023Bristol Rovers0Plymouth Argyle2EFL Trophy
Plymouth Argyle Team News
Despite the win over Cambridge at the weekend, Schumacher will consider making alterations to his Plymouth side having freshened up his team last time out.
Finn Azaz and Niall Ennis can both expect to return in the final third, while James Wilson is an option to replace Nigel Lonwijk in the back three.
Plymouth Argyle's Last 5 Matches
07/04/2023Morecambe1Plymouth Argyle3League One
10/04/2023Plymouth Argyle0Lincoln City2League One
15/04/2023Exeter City0Plymouth Argyle1League One
18/04/2023Shrewsbury Town1Plymouth Argyle2League One
22/04/2023Plymouth Argyle3Cambridge United1League One
Bristol Rovers Team News
Barton is likely to make changes to his starting lineup, and Luca Hoole and Jarell Quansah will hope for another opportunity at the back, while John Marquis is an option up front.
Grant Ward may also potentailly drop out of the team to accommodate the return of Antony Evans in the central midfield three.
Bristol Rovers's Last 5 Matches
07/04/2023Bristol Rovers1Charlton Athletic0League One
10/04/2023Fleetwood Town1Bristol Rovers2League One
15/04/2023Bristol Rovers1Derby County1League One
18/04/2023Bristol Rovers1Sheffield Wednesday2League One
22/04/2023Port Vale2Bristol Rovers0League One
Plymouth Argyle vs. Bristol Rovers: Odds and Predictions
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