Bristol Rovers and Oxford United meet again after their two FA Cup meetings. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
The Gas bounced back from their opening day defeat to Forest Green Rovers by comfortably beating Burton Albion 4-0 at the Pirelli Stadium.
Joey Barton’s men now return back to the Memorial Stadium and to League One again this weekend to make it back-to-back wins in the league with a couple of new faces to show.
When is Bristol Rovers v Oxford United?
The League One clash between Bristol Rovers takes place on Saturday, August 13. Kick-off at the Memorial Stadium is at 12:30 pm at the advice of Avon & Somerset Police.
Oliver Langford has been appointed referee and will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Ian Cooper. Langford was in charge of Rovers’ 1-0 win over Northampton back in March 2022.
Is Bristol Rovers v Oxford United on TV?
It’s not on television but it is able to be watched by supporters in the United Kingdom through iFollow.
Available for the price of £9.99, fans of both clubs can watch a two-camera set-up along with commentary from either BBC Radio Bristol or BBC Radio Oxford.
For fans attending the match, they can watch the highlights on ITV 4 from 9pm on Saturday night. It will be shown later in the evening on ITV1 as well as being available on the ITV Hub, as well as platforms like Sky Go.
How else can I follow the game?
You can listen to commentary from BBC Radio Bristol or BBC Radio Oxford from your car or radio, but you are unable to listen online.
Bristol World will be at the game and you can keep up to date with things by following Rovers reporter Will Taylor (@WillTaylor85) who will provide commentary on Twittr as well as the post-match analysis.
What is the latest team news?
There shouldn’t be too much chopping and changing in the Rovers team as the only change on Tuesday was an enforced one with James Gibbons out for up to 12 weeks.
A change in system from the usual 4-2-3-1 to a 4-1-3-2/4-4-2 took place and that could stick this weekend. There could be a potential debut for Lewis Gibson who has joined on a season-long loan, that could see him come in for Gibbons with Hoole playing at right-back and Gibson partnering James Connolly. Lewis Gordon, who signed last Saturday is also in line to make his home debut after turning down Crystal Palace.
Midfield duo Josh Grant and Jordan Rossiter have both been out with injury but could be in contention which would lighten the load. Third-choice goalkeeper Jed Ward meanwhile has been loaned out to Hungerford Town.
Former Gas duo Billy Bodin and Matt Taylor will make their return to the Mem once more with a mixed reception expected for both players. After defeating Swansea City on penalties in midweek, they signed ex-Wigan Athletic forward Kyle Joseph.
Former Cardiff City and Norwich winger Josh Murphy has undergone a scan to understand the extent of his injury against Cambridge United, which forced him to miss Tuesday’s match. Fellow summer signing Yanic Wildschut has a ‘severe’ hamstring issue and is to miss the early part of the season.
What are the latest betting odds?
All odds courtesy of SkyBet:
Bristol Rovers win: 17/10
Oxford win: 7/5
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