Charlton Athletic v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers travel to Charlton Athletic for the first game of the New Year.

Rovers lost the fixture earlier in the season 5-1 at the Memorial Stadium in a match that saw the Gas suffer their worst defeat in six years.

Rovers beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 on New Years Eve to cap off a terrific 2016 but manager Darrell Clarke is keen to press on once more.

“We had a great 2016, but that’s old news now,” Clarke told the club’s website.

“We need to start this New Year off with three points which we will be looking to get tomorrow.”

Charlton entertain Rovers with Karl Robinson in charge. Robinson took charge shortly after the thumping at the Memorial Stadium but it will also be his second match against Rovers this season.

He was in charge of MK Dons when Rovers visited them in October where a second half hat trick from Matty Taylor rescued Rovers to a 3-3 draw.

Team news for Rovers is that there are no new injury worries for Darrell Clarke although he is set to make changes after playing just 48 hours before.

Charlton could be without Chris Solly as he nears a return from his knee injury. New signing Jay Dasilva could make his debut but Ricky Holmes and Declan Rudd are ruled out.

Jason Pearce, Lee Novak and Ahmed Kashi are still unavailable.

Stats

The last time these two sides met at the Valley was in November 2010 where a 1-1 draw was played out.

This will be the 60th encounter between the two sides, Rovers have won 22, Charlton have won 20 with 17 draws.

Rovers have only beaten Charlton four times away from home, with their last one coming in 1958.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 43/92 clubs in England and counting.

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