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

Bristol Rovers are on the road after back-to-back defeats at the Memorial Stadium
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Bristol Rovers are on the search for their first win in eight as they make the journey to Devon to face Exeter City.

The Gas will be backed by a sold-out away end, who quickly snapped up tickets for the match at St James Park. Over 1,200 fans are making the trip, but some tickets are allowed to be returned because of the national rail strike.

Rovers have only won once on the road this season, which was a 4-0 win over Burton Albion.

Since then they have suffered five consecutive losses on their travels with four coming in the league against top-six opposition.

Joey Barton’s side are 21st in the current standings after three consecutive losses and play fellow promoted side Exeter who have had a better start and are in 10th place.

When is Exeter City v Bristol Rovers?

The League One clash between Exeter and Bristol Rovers takes place on Saturday, October 1. Kick-off at St James Park is at 3.00 pm.

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

It’s back to normal service this weekend with no video match passes from iFollow for those based in the United Kingdom.

Matches that are played between 2.45 pm and 5.00 pm are not allowed to be streamed because of broadcasting rules in the UK.

How else can I follow the game?

BBC Radio Bristol will provide radio commentary on certain frequencies for fans to listen to. An audio match pass can be bought on iFollow which is their commentary.

What’s the latest team news?

Luca Hoole is back for selection after missing the last match because of international commitments. Hoole played 45 minutes in Wales Under-21’s 2-0 defeat to Austria in Vienna on Tuesday.

A few players are stepping up their recovery after long spells out on the sidelines. Lewis Gibson and Josh Grant were described as being ‘back on the grass’ training.

On-loan striker Josh Coburn is still rehabbing with parent club Middlesbrough but is close to making an appearance at the Quarters. James Gibbons and James Connolly both suffered long-term injuries but are both making progress.

For the opposition, Tim Dieng, Jonathan Grounds, Sam Stubbs, Cheick Diabate and Harry Kite were all absent in their win over Forest Green last weekend.

Exeter’s man to watch out for is midfielder Jevani Brown who has six goals and four assists in the current season. He is closely followed by Sam Nombe on three goals and two assists.

What is the history of this fixture?

Rovers’ last two visits to St James Park haven’t been short of entertainment. They lost 5-3 in an EFL Trophy match back in November 2021, racing into a five-goal lead at the break.

Zain Westbrooke, Ryan Jones and Nick Anderton scored three without response in the second-half but they couldn’t mount a comeback in the end.

A few months prior, they had led 4-0 at the break in a League Two match with all goals coming before the 24th minute. Matt Jay scored a brace inside 15 minutes and was followed by goals from Dieng and Kite. Sam Finley scored a consolation goal in the 70th minute but it was a result that had Rovers 20th in the standings. The most memorable moment however came in Joey Barton’s post-match interview when he made a bold statement that he knew Rovers were going to get promoted, despite suffering a heavy defeat.

This is a frequent fixture and for both sides, it is very close. A 1-1 draw at the Mem was the outcome of the last meeting.

When the two teams meet on Saturday, this will be the 95th meeting. Both teams have 31 wins apiece in EFL competitions and the FA Cup, whilst there have also been 32 draws.

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