Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Peterborough host Bristol Rovers this weekend with both sides still looking towards a place in the top six.

Peterborough are the closer of the two teams to the play offs being in seventh, a point away from sixth place Plymouth whilst Rovers sit in 10th and eight points off but Posh boss Steve Evans believes it will be a tough test this weekend.

“I can remember when Bristol Rovers got relegated to the National League a few years ago and you think ‘here we go’,” Evans told the club’s website.

“But they stuck by Darrell Clarke because they knew he knew the level well after his time at Salisbury. He got them straight back up, and up again.

“It’s a difficult place to go, they’ve got a superb group of players and it’ll be a tough test for us, they’re a real contender for the play-offs. But we’re looking forward to it.”

Posh are without suspended Jack Baldwin for the match. Leo Da Silva Lopes is unavailable due to international duty with Portugal U20’s. Gwion Edwards and Alex Penny are long-term absentees.

Bristol Rovers go into the game still with a chance of getting into the play offs, albeit a slim one.

The Gas lost 3-2 to play off rivals Plymouth last week and manager Darrell Clarke knows that it will now be a tough ask to reach the top six.

“The way I look at it is we’ve got to put a run together of wins on the spin, certainly three out of the next four,” Clarke told the club’s website.

“You never know in football, we certainly won’t be giving in and we know it’s a massive game on Saturday.

“The only reason we’re not in the top six is that poor run of form we had earlier in the season.

“We’ve put that aside now, the performances since the turn of the year have been very good.”

Rovers will be without defender’s Tom Lockyer and Ryan Sweeney for the match with both away on international duty with their respective countries. The Welsh national team for Lockyer and Republic of Ireland U20’s for Sweeney.

Stats

The reverse fixture earlier this season ended in a 4-1 win for Peterborough.

Rovers have not beaten Peterborough in their last seven meetings, losing six and drawing one.

The last time these sides met at the ABAX Stadium ended in a 4-2 Peterborough win in April 2017.

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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