Bristol Rovers v Salford City: Is it on TV? Team news, head-to-head record and more

Bristol Rovers are involved in another important match that could decide their League Two promotion fate

Bristol Rovers host promotion rivals Salford City in a sold out Memorial Stadium in another crunch match in League Two.

The Gas are back amongst their own fans after a 1-1 draw with fellow play-off hopefuls Tranmere Rovers.

Salford City are also right in the mix after their 2-0 win over Harrogate Town, put them within a point of the top seven.

A win today for Rovers could at least move them up to fourth but a loss would see Salford overtake them and even drop to as low as 10th.

When does the match start?

It’s a traditional English kick-off time of 15.00 GMT at the Memorial Stadium.

What’s the latest team news for Bristol Rovers?

There is a clean bill of health for Bristol Rovers with the squad able to do 11 v 11 in training this week.

Josh Grant, who spent the last nine weeks of the season out, played 30 minutes against Tranmere last week and is pushing for a start.

Ryan Loft was left out of the team last week but has trained arguably as best as he has done since being at the club and is in contention to rejoin the squad, Cian Harries was also left out.

Alex Rodman, who hasn’t been used much this season due to injury, is also pushing for a place amongst the substitutes.

Ashley Hunter played at Fleetwood Town under the stewardship of Joey Barton. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

What’s the latest team news for Salford City?

There will be no reunion for Joey Barton and Connor McAleny who were at Fleetwood together, the former Everton striker is out with an injury.

Jason Lowe has played the most minutes for Salford this season, playing in 40 of their matches with two goals and two assists.Their top scorer this season is Brandon Thomas-Asante who has 10 goals in 34 appearances this season, he is followed by Matty Lund who has six goals this campaign along with January recruit Matt Smith who has six in 16.

Smith was a one time Bristol City loanee and his goals helped the Robins gain promotion to the Championship in 2015.

Their top assists maker this season is Ashley Hunter, who has reated eight goals in 31 appearances. Barton will be all too familiar with him as the pair worked at Fleetwood together.

Form guide and head-to-head

Salford City have won five of their last six matches with their only defeat coming against Port Vale. In their last ten matches that remains their only defeat and they have picked up 21 points from a possible 30, scoring 17 goals and conceding seven, ranking them second in the form table.

This will be just the second meeting between these two sides in history given Salford have mainly been in the non-league for their existence. The 1-1 draw back in November where Brandon Thomas-Asante snatched an equaliser for the nine men of Salford is the only previous meeting.

Referee

Dean Whitestone has been appointed the referee and he will be assisted by Mark Pottage and Michael George with Paul Howard acting as the fourth official.

This will be his first Rovers game this season as he has mainly officiated in the Championship, overseeing 31 games and brandishing 93 yellow cards and one red.

How to watch the match

As this game is being played on Good Friday, it is out of the usual blackout hours, so fans can watch the match on iFollow, which is available for £9.99.

You can watch the highlights on the EFL on Quest which airs on Quest TV and Discovery+ at 21.00 GMT.

Highlights will also be made available on each club’s YouTube channel as well.