Plymouth Argyle v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head down to Plymouth this weekend in a fixture that is vital to any play off ambitions they have.

Rovers currently sit in ninth place and are six points off of the play offs but a loss at seventh place Argyle would see the play off places stretch even further away.

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has been speaking ahead of the match and its importance.

“It’s a very, very important game for us,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“There are 10 games to go, and we’re against a team that’s riding high, but we’re on a really good run ourselves at the moment.

“We’ve got 21 points in 11 games, that’s top six, or even top two form. We’ll look to continue that.”

“It’s brilliant that we’re talking up [the table],”

“We had that bad run in October/November and we were looking behind us, we sold one of our best players and everyone started to question if we were going to be sucked into a relegation fight. But the response from the squad has been spectacular.

“Where we stand now, we’re going to try and enjoy these next 10 games.”

Rovers have no new injury concerns ahead of the game but midfielder Ollie Clarke is not expected to return for the Gas.

Plymouth go into the game looking to continue a fantastic run that has seen them rise to seventh in the table from being bottom of the league in November.

Plymouth have accumulated 37 points from their previous 16 games and are now within touching distance of the play offs.

One man looking forward to the match is Plymouth defender Zak Vyner, who is on loan at Argyle from Rovers’ fierce rivals Bristol City.

“If I can score in any game this season this will be the one,” Vyner told the Plymouth Herald

“It’s the first time I have played against them. Not in the under-23s or anything, so I’m looking forward to it.

“A few people here are saying it’s a derby for Argyle, but a few people are saying it can’t be a derby because it’s a couple of hours away.”

Plymouth have new signing Paul Paton available after the midfielder arrived as a free agent this week. Defender Sonny Bradley is set to miss the game through illness.


The reverse fixture earlier this season ended in a 2-1 Rovers win with Billy Bodin scoring the winner that day.

The last time these two sides met at Home Park ended in a 1-1 draw with Ellis Harrison scoring a late equaliser from the penalty spot.

Plymouth left-back Gary Sawyer spent two years at Rovers, making 61 appearances for the Gas.

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