Fulham v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers travel to Craven Cottage to face Championship side Fulham in a bid to reach the Third Round of the Carabao Cup.

Rovers go into the game boosted by a win last time out with a 3-2 away victory at Bury but manager Darrell Clarke has said he may have to make some changes for the midweek match.

“We’ve got a lot of walking wounded from Saturday so we’re a bit depleted. But we will put out a team who are competitive,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

On Fulham, Clarke added: “They will be right in the mix in the Championship, they had a good last season and have an excellent manager.

“They have a good squad in place.

“I watched them in the (EFL) trophy against Portsmouth where a lot of the younger players featured, they were good and talented players.

“It will be a challenge for us.”

Rovers are expected to make changes ahead of the Second Round match with Daniel Leadbitter and James Clarke heading up the list of casualties.

Fulham go into the game having not won in the league this season, with their only win coming in their First Round tie away at Wycombe.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s match, manager Slavisa Jokanovic, like his opposite number Clarke, is also expected to make changes.

“This week we were working with 19 players and it depends how many players I’ll have on Tuesday night,” he told getwestlondon.

“I want to use all my squad and in this way some of the young players will be part of this competition and this game in the Carabao Cup.”

One Fulham player who will definitely miss the tie is winger Lucas Piazon who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg in last Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Leeds.

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Rovers fans will remember their last trip to Craven Cottage, a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup Third Round in 2008, Rovers managed to win the replay on penalties at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers midfielder Chris Lines played in the last meeting at Craven Cottage and also got an assist, crossing the ball in for Craig Hinton.

This will be the 63rd meeting between the two sides but the first for 9 years, Rovers have 25 wins, Fulham have 24 with there being 13 draws.

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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