How to watch Bristol Rovers v Accrington Stanley - Kick-off time, TV & stream details, latest team news

Everything you need to know ahead of another important clash for Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers play their second consecutive home league match as they welcome Accrington Stanley to the Memorial Stadium in their latest League One fixture.

The Gas occupy the last relegation spot and are in 21st following a bad run of form, which is linked to their selection issues.

Rovers haven’t won a match since defeating Oxford United in early August, but have played promotion hopefuls Barnsley, Ipswich Town and Portsmouth, all away from home.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Rovers’ tenth league match of the season.

What time is kick-off?

The game kicks off on Saturday, 24 September at 15:00 GMT at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol.

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Is Bristol Rovers v Accrington on TV or being streamed on iFollow?

Rovers’ match with Accrington is available to watch on iFollow, despite being played at the traditional kick-off time of 15.00.

As it is the international break, clubs have received permission to show their games on the streaming platform.

Passes are available for £9.99 on the iFollow website and have commentary from BBC Radio Bristol, which includes insight from ex-Rovers media officer Keith Brookman.

How else can I follow the game?

As mentioned, BBC Radio Bristol will provide radio commentary which can only be accessed on certain frequencies. You are not able to listen to the match online because of broadcasting rights.

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BristolWorld’s Jordan Jones and Will Taylor will be at the match, providing their insight on the match as well as getting Joey Barton’s reaction in his post-match conference.

What is the latest team news?

Luca Hoole has been called up for international duty with the Wales Under-21’s and will be absent for this match, which will add to Rovers’ problems when it comes to choosing a defence.

The match takes place on September 27 in Vienna which is next week, but Hoole has trained at the Vale Resort near Cardiff, rather than with his club teammates this week.

As for injury news, Barton described it as a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ as they overcome the worst of their selection issues. Bobby Thomas and Jordan Rossiter are back from suspension with the former red carded against Ipswich whilst Rossiter received a ban for an off-the-ball incident that resulted in an FA charge after not being spotted by the referee.

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Utility man Josh Grant who has played just once this season is ‘back on the grass’ but it may be too soon for him to return and the same can be said about on-loan Everton defender Lewis Gibson.

Rovers have only two recognised centre halves available with Thomas returning, whilst Alfie Kilgour was an unused substitute, as Barton preferred the central trio of Hoole, Glenn Whelan and Lewis Gordon.

James Gibbons is back on the training pitch but remains a fortnight away from first-team action, whilst James Connolly is also stepping up his progress. Deadline day signing Josh Coburn has yet to make his way down to Bristol yet as he continues his rehabilitation with Middlesbrough after a knee injury.

What is the history of this fixture?

This will be the 16th meeting between the two teams when they meet at the Mem on Saturday. Accrington are somewhat of a bogey side for Rovers with nine defeats, whilst they’ve also won three and drawn three.

The last match was a 4-1 in March 2021, which was some improvement on the 6-1 defeat they had suffered at the Wham Stadium a month prior. Another entertaining clash was the 3-3 draw in September 2019 which saw midfielder Sam Finley score for the opposition.

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What are the latest betting odds?

Bristol Rovers win: 19/10 (SBK), Draw: 12/5 (William Hill), Accrington Stanley win: 6/4 (bet365)