Can I watch Stevenage v Bristol Rovers? Kick-off time, form guide, stream details and team news
Bristol Rovers are hoping to build on their 2-0 win over Sutton United by claiming a first Football League win over Stevenage
Bristol Rovers travel to the Lamex Stadium to face Stevenage and former manager Paul Tisdale in League Two on Saturday.
Tisdale, who managed the club for 90 days, will come up against his former side after taking over Boro in November. Joey Barton, his successor, has taken the Gas to 11th in the standings right now as they look to get a play-off spot.
They will be buoyed by their 2-0 win over Sutton United in which Harry Anderson and Aaron Collins were on the mark. Stevenage meanwhile were held to a goalless draw with Barrow last Saturday with Luke Prosser sent off.
A total of six places and eight points separate 11th-placed Rovers and 17th-ranked Stevenage.
When is kick-off?
The match will begin at the usual time of an English League Two match, at 15.00.
What’s the latest team news for Bristol Rovers?
Joey Barton could be able to call upon Antony Evans, Ryan Loft and new signing Jon Nolan this week which would provide a strong competition for places in the first-team squad.
Evans has missed the last two games through a hamstring injury but is pushing to be a part of the squad. For striker Ryan Loft, he could also be in contention but will have to get through Friday’s training unscathed.
Nolan meanwhile hasn’t been involved in a match day squad since joining on February 1 but has been part of a training programme that could see him at least take a place on the bench.
Leon Clarke, who had been out with a muscle injury, played 20 minutes on Tuesday and could find himself having an outing once more.
Josh Grant isn’t available as he hasn’t returned to training as he has struggled with patellar tendinitis that was aggravated against Sutton United a fortnight ago.
Full-back Junior Brown is still four to six weeks away from resuming training at least.
What’s the latest team news for Stevenage?
As well as Paul Tisdale, there are a number of players that once turned out for Rovers in the blue and white quarters.
Ed Upson joined Boro from Newport County in the January transfer window, joining James Daly who had joined a few months prior. Upson thouh left the field after the half-hour mark against Bradford City on February 8 and wasn’t in their squad to face Barrow and could miss out.
Rovers legend Chris Lines, who had two successful spells at the club, winning numerous promotions is also on their books.
Zain Westbrooke, who fell out of favour under Joey Barton, was loaned out to Stevenage but is ineligible to play.
Luke Prosser is also unavailable after being shown a straight red card in the 97th minute against Barrow.
Their best performing player this season is Elliot List, who returned against Bradford last Tuesday, the 24-year-old has eight goals this season. List’s midfield partner Jacob Reeves has created six goals this season as well as scoring twice, so Rovers’ midfield will have to cope with his threat.
Form guide and head-to-head
Bristol Rovers have yet to beat Stevenage in the Football League since the Hertfordshire side were promoted to English football’s fourth tier. There have been four meetings with three defeats and a draw for Rovers, so the Gas will need to defeat a side they’ve yet to claim a result against.
The last meeting between the two was in early August when former Gas midfielder Chris Lines scored in the 88th minute before Luke Norris inflicted further damage in the sixth minute of additional time.
In their last ten matches, Stevenage have returned three wins, three losses and four defeats but are winless in their last four with two points picked up from a possible 12.
What may work in their favour is in their last five home matches, they have lost just once which is a 1-0 defeat to Bradford City.
Rovers meanwhile have won just once in their last five games on their travels, a 3-2 win over basement side Scunthorpe United.
Can I watch the match?
No. This is being played through the broadcast blackout hours which begin at 14:45 and end at 17:15.
How can I watch highlights?
Tune in to the EFL on Quest which is available on Quest TV or on Discovery+ from 22.00 where you’ll get all the League One and Two goals. Tune in to Sky Sports News after 17:15 and you may be able to catch a glimpse.