Bristol Rovers v Crystal Palace: TV, streaming and radio details plus team news and kick-off time

Bristol Rovers host Crystal Palace for the first time in over 15 years as the two go head-to-head in the EFL Trophy.

Bristol Rovers turn their attention to the EFL Trophy as they host Crystal Palace’s Under-21’s at the Memorial Stadium.

The Gas rescued a point against Exeter City on Saturday with Ryan Loft scoring a 92nd-minute equaliser after John Marquis had initially opened the scoring.

Joey Barton’s side now have a break from the league and look to defeat an Eagles side unbeaten in their last 10, as a way to try and build momentum for their league campaign.

Rovers lost their opening match on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, whilst Palace beat Swindon Town 2-0.

Here’s everything you need to know about the fixture.

When is Bristol Rovers v Crystal Palace?

The EFL Trophy clash between Bristol Rovers and Crystal Palace takes place on Tuesday, October 4. Kick-off at Ashton Gate is at 7.00 pm.

Is Bristol Rovers v Crystal Palace on TV or being streamed on iFollow?

Yes. This match is available to watch on the EFL’s iFollow streaming service, for a fee of £9.99.

How else can I follow the game?

BBC Radio Bristol will be providing match commentary on certain frequencies, whilst an audio pass is also available on iFollow.

What’s the latest team news?

This match could see the return of James Gibbons and Lewis Gibson, after a period out with injury.

Asked about whether they could play on Tuesday, Barton said on Thursday: “They’ve got the top end of the high-speed running to do on Saturday into Monday.

“If they come through that, they’ll be pushing to get some minutes in that game.”

Josh Coburn could also be given some minutes as he bids to make his debut for his new club. He joined from Middlesbrough on Deadline Day but has yet to make an appearance after rehabilitating at Boro with a knee injury. Coburn linked up with his teammates today and should play soon.

A stress fracture in James Connolly’s back has him waiting to hear back from the doctors as to whether he can step up his recovery and so he is ruled out for this match. Josh Grant has made just one appearance and has suffered a few issues this year with tendonitis in the bottom side of his patella. He isn’t going to be available for selection against Palace.

As for changes, there could be a first start for Sylvester Jasper, who set up Ryan Loft’s equaliser on Saturday.

Paddy McCarthy is the manager of Palace’s development team and has held that role since the start of the summer after managing the Under-18’s.

In the league standings, City are joint on points with Manchester City, with 17 points from their first seven matches.

John-Kymani Gordon is the man to watch out for Palace, he has scored 11 goals in eight matches this season.

Killian Phillips could also be a handful, he has got two goals and an assist this season, whilst he also played for the senior team in the EFL Cup.

What is the history of this fixture?

Palace hold the better record of the two teams but not since 1979 have the two teams met at the same level of the pyramid system. The last match against Palace was on August 14, 2007 when Rovers won 4-1 on penalties in the Carabao Cup with Craig Disley scoring the equalising goal. There have been 56 meetings in total with the Selhurst Park-based side winning 28 times to Rovers 21 whilst there have also been seven draws.