Can I watch Leyton Orient v Bristol Rovers? Kick-off time, form guide, stream details and team news

Bristol Rovers are in Sky Bet League Two action this midweek as they travel to Brisbane Road in London to face Leyton Orient
Bristol Rovers continue their play off push with a trip to Brisbane Road. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Bristol Rovers continue their play off push with a trip to Brisbane Road. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Bristol Rovers continue their play off push with a trip to Brisbane Road. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Bristol Rovers travel to the capital, hoping to continue their three game unbeaten run as they take on struggling Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road in Sky Bet League Two.

The Gas are high on confidence after defeating Stevenage 4-0 on Saturday with Newcastle United loanee Eliot Anderson scoring and assisting in a man-of-the-match performance which placed him in the Team of the Week.

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As a result of the manner of their performance, four Rovers players in Sam Finley, Harry Anderson and Aaron Collins were also included.

For Leyton Orient, their match with Harrogate Town on the weekend was postponed after heavy snowfall made the pitch unplayable giving them a week’s rest. Their last match was on February 12, a 2-0 home defeat to Salford City.

A total of 11 points and six places separate Rovers and Orient, with 11th-placed Rovers ahead of 18th-placed Orient, though the London side do have a game in hand.

When does the match kick-off?

Tuesday’s match will kick off at the usual midweek time of 19.45 GMT.

Antony Evans is moving ever closer to making a return for Bristol Rovers. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)Antony Evans is moving ever closer to making a return for Bristol Rovers. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Antony Evans is moving ever closer to making a return for Bristol Rovers. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

What’s the latest team news for Bristol Rovers?

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Joey Barton could be able to call upon influential midfielder Antony Evans and Jon Nolan for Tuesday evening’s match, though he currently has a plethora of midfield options.

He did say that the pair were pushing but ultimately they were left out of the squad against Stevenage but weren’t required given the manner of the performance.

Evans has missed the last few games with a hamstring injury but is nearing a return, though he’ll do well to take the shirt off of in-form Anderson. February signing Nolan has progressed well in training and we await his debut.

Ryan Loft was given a 20-minute cameo on Saturday and could push for a start alongside Collins, as Barton prefers a two-man front pairing, though the Welshman has done well on his own.

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Josh Grant hasn’t yet returned to training as he has struggled with patellar tendinitis that was aggravated against Sutton United a fortnight ago, so Luca Hoole will continue to deputise.

Experienced full-back Junior Brown who failed to get a January move away from the club is still four to six weeks away from resuming training at least with a long-term injury.

Bristol Rovers will have to deal with the aerial threat of Harry Smith, who stands at six foot five. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)Bristol Rovers will have to deal with the aerial threat of Harry Smith, who stands at six foot five. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Bristol Rovers will have to deal with the aerial threat of Harry Smith, who stands at six foot five. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

What’s the latest team news for Leyton Orient?

Frontman Ruel Sotiriou missed Orient’s last game with a tight hamstring and it’ll remain to be seen whether he returns to action. Callum Reilly was also left out of the match day squad due to a selection decision, so Kenny Jackett will have to make a choice whether to include him almost a week later.

Towering striker Harry Smith, who stands at six foot and five inches, is their top scorer this season with 11 goals and two assists. Irish forward Aaron Drinan isn’t too far behind him, scoring 10 goals following his move from Ipswich Town in the summer.

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Theo Archibald, on loan from League One side Lincoln City is their goal maker this season with six assists whilst he has also got four goals.

Form guide and head-to-head

Orient have gone 10 games without a win in all competitions and in those matches they have found the back of the net just twice. In those nine league matches they’ve been on a winless run on, they’ve drawn just two of them.

It’s been five matches since Orient won in front of their own fans too with their last home win coming in early December against Swindon Town. In seven of their home matches at Brisbane Road this season they’ve failed to find the target too, so an early goal could cause some problems. They’ve also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six games.

Tuesday’s match will be the 116th time that these two teams have played against one another. Rovers hold the advantage of winning more games having won 47, whilst the London side have won 41 times, there has also been 27 draws.

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This will be their first visit to Leyton Orient in the league since August 2015, they lost 2-0 that day. Their last visit there was a 2-1 win in the EFL Trophy in December 2020.

The last meeting between these two teams was back in September when Smith, Archibald and Drinan were all on target in the first-half at the Memorial Stadium.

Can I watch the match?

Yes. This is a midweek match and as such, the game will be available to watch on the EFL’s iFollow service. If you want to watch it then it will cost you £9.99 for a Video Matchday Pass but that money goes back into the club.

How can I watch highlights?

There is a midweek edition of the EFL on Quest on QUEST TV and Discovery+, but it airs on Wednesday evening. If you can’t wait for it to be shown then a condensed highlights package will appear on the Sky Sports website or on the YouTube channels of each club.

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