Can I watch Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers? Kick-off time, form guide, stream details and team news
Everything you need to know ahead of the League Two clash between Bristol Rovers and Crawley Town at The People’s Pension Stadium.
The Gas are aiming to get back on the horse after suffering a 1-0 defeat to promotion rivals Newport County on Saturday.
It was a loss that took them four points away from the play-offs, rather than putting them in the mix but now an opportunity presents itself to put things right.
Midweek opponents Crawley meanwhile had a goalless home draw against basement side Scunthorpe United and are on their own run of form.
A total of four places and six points separate the two teams with Rovers in ninth and Crawley down in 13th, though they have played a game fewer.
When does the match start?
The game is due to start at The People’s Pension Stadium at the usual midweek kick-off of 19.45 GMT.
What’s the latest team news for Bristol Rovers?
It was revealed by Joey Barton that centre-back Alfie Kilgour would be out for the rest of the season after undergoing keyhole surgery on his knee. Utility man Josh Grant, also suffering with a knee issue, is also absent and hasn’t got a specific timescale on his return.
There was an injury scare for defender Connor Taylor who was withdrawn at half-time after rolling his ankle and his status will be assessed ahead of the game.
One player who could return is Trevor Clarke who returned to the match day squad on Saturday after being out since mid January with an injury. Clarke has been limited to just four league appearances this season but if Taylor is unable, left-back Anderton could be moved into the centre.
Jon Nolan came off the bench against Newport, making his debut and is now pushing for a start.
What’s the latest team news for Crawley Town?
First-team manager John Yems is serving the second of his three game suspension after being given a touchline ban by the FA for comments made to an official against Hartlepool.
Their top scorer this season is former Gas forward Tom Nichols. Nichols has eight goals in the current campaign, four more than what he accumulated during his whole time at the Mem. Nichols though was absent in the weekend’s game and there is no confirmation on whether he’ll play a part against his former team.
Former Rovers defender Tony Craig is also in their ranks and has played 29 times in the league this season so he could line up against his former side.
Forward option Kwesi Appiah looks set to return, as does midfielder Jake Hessenthaler but Remi Oteh is unavailable.
Midfielder Jack Powell has five assists for the opposition this season and has been ever present.
Form guide and head-to-head
The last meeting between the two sides was back in September when Leon Clarke scored in the 47th minute in a 1-0 win at the Mem.
There have been ten meetings with Rovers edging it with five wins to Crawley’s two whilst there have also been three draws.
This is Rovers’ first visit to Crawley since November 2016, when they drew 1-1 in the FA Cup, before beating them in a replay.
Their last defeat came to Crawley in November 2015 when they lost 2-1 when both teams were in League Two. Matt Taylor’s 87th minute penalty wasn’t enough to deny Crawley the win after Rhys Murphy’s two-minute brace. Crawley have lost just once in their last eight matches but four of those have been draws and are better on the road than at home, picking up more points on their travels.
Lee Swabey from Devon is the referee and he will be assisted by Paul Kelly and Stuart Butler with Nicholas Dunn as the fourth official.
His one Bristol Rovers game this season was the Carabao Cup defeat to Cheltenham Town back in August.
How to watch the match
As this is a rearranged midweek fixture, you can buy an iFollow Match Pass for £9.99 with live commentary from BBC Radio Bristol.
As this game was originally scheduled to be played in December and there isn’t a full fixture list, there is no EFL on Quest.