What channel is Bristol Rovers v Colchester United on? Kick-off time, TV & stream details, latest team news

Bristol Rovers will need to pick up maximum points if they are to cement their promotion hopes. Bristol Rovers will need to pick up maximum points if they are to cement their promotion hopes.
Bristol Rovers will need to pick up maximum points if they are to cement their promotion hopes.
Colchester United are the second part of two consecutive home games for Bristol Rovers in their end-of-season run in.

Bristol Rovers continue their League Two promotion push as they welcome Colchester United to the Memorial Stadium.

The U’s are one of ten opponents in the end-of-season-run in with five home games and five away matches left.

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Both sides were victorious on the weekend with the Gas beating Harrogate Town. Meanwhile Colchester beat basement side Scunthorpe United on Saturday with Noah Chilvers scoring a brace whilst Bristol City loanee Owura Edwards was also on target.

Eighth-placed Rovers are 11 positions higher than Colchester who sit in 19th with a points difference of 18 points between the two.

A win for Rovers could lift them as high as third-place but that would depend on results going in their favour.

When does the match start?

The game is due to start at the Memorial Stadium at the usual midweek kick-off time of 19:45 GMT.

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What’s the latest team news for Bristol Rovers?

Anssi Jaakkola has injured his ankle and faces a spell on the sidelines which means Jed Ward takes his place as the substitute goalkeeper.

Alfie Kilgour, Josh Grant and Junior Brown are both long-term absentees but Grant continues to make progress.

Leon Clarke has had a groin issue but could push to be involved should he come through Monday’s training session unscathed.

Jon Nolan meanwhile suffered a slight twinge to his knee in his debut against Newport County and is likely to miss out against Colchester but could feature on the weekend.

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Bristol City loanee Owura Edwards could come up against the blue half of Bristol on Tuesday. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)Bristol City loanee Owura Edwards could come up against the blue half of Bristol on Tuesday. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Bristol City loanee Owura Edwards could come up against the blue half of Bristol on Tuesday. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

What’s the latest team news for Colchester United?

Wayne Brown’s men were without Alan Judge on the weekend and there are question marks whether he’ll be available for tomorrow’s match.

Former West Ham United striker Freddie Sears is their top scorer with 10 goals in 35 games this year though he hasn’t found the back of the net in over a month. Sears is also their top assists maker and has created four goals.

Form guide and head-to-head

Tuesday’s match will be the 30th time that these two teams have battled with Rovers with the slight edge. They have won 12 games to Colchester’s nine whilst there have also been eight draws.

In the earlier part of the season, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw with Noah Chilvers getting an equaliser to cancel out Brett Pitman’s 58th minute opener. Cian Harries was sent off for Rovers as was Trevor Clarke, who was dismissed along with Junior Tchamadeu.

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Rovers are winless in their last three against the opposition and you have to go back to February 2010 for the last time they beat Colchester, that was when both teams were in League One.

Colchester enter the match unbeaten in their last four matches, having beaten Scunthorpe and Port Vale, as well as draws with Leyton Orient and Oldham Athletic.

There have been fewer than three goals scored in each of Bristol Rovers last six home games, so there may not be a goal fest.

Referee

Sam Allison has been appointed as the referee whilst Louis Marks and Christopher Kidd are his assistants and Andrew Hendley is the fourth official.

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Allison was the man in the middle back in November when Bristol Rovers beat Northampton Town 2-1. He brandished five yellow cards that day with Glenn Whelan sent off after two yellow cards.

How to watch the match

The match is available to watch on the EFL’s streaming service iFollow, with any fans not at the Mem, able to buy a pass for £9.99.

A midweek edition of EFL on Quest is in store for those wanting to watch highlights but you’ll have to wait until Wednesday at 22.30 GMT.

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