Bradford City v Bristol Rovers – Pirates look to compound Bradford’s misery

It feels weird writing a preview for Rovers on the back of the team winning the week before.

The Gas won 3-1 against Coventry at home last Saturday, to temporarily end the gloom that was surrounding the club following a poor start to the season which prior to last Saturday’s kick-off yielded just the one win.

Rovers this weekend, take on Bradford a team who are in the bottom four and on a dreadful run.

They are also getting to grips still with a new coach in David Hopkin, a Bradford lad who is hoping to reignite his struggling team and lead them to their first win since August.

Hopkin replaced Michael Collins in September, who was sacked by the Bradford hierachy after a slow start to the season.

Rovers last year suffered defeat last year at Valley Parade as they were well-beaten 3-1 back in September of 2017.

Charlie Wyke was the star that day as he tore the Rovers defence apart as he scored a hat-trick as Bradford romped to victory.

Last week, bought huge pluses for Rovers as Scottish striker Gavin Reilly scored his first goal for the club since his move from St.Mirren.

Reilly tucked away a one on one finish last weekend to open the scoring against the Sky Blues.

The Gas supporters will hope he starts after scoring at the weekend.

Away from home Darrell Clarke, the Bristol Rovers boss has a tendency to look at a more defensive outlook.

With the win last week being massive, you would expect not many changes to be made.

GK: Jack Bonham

RB: James Clarke

CB: Tom Lockyer

CB: Tony Craig

LB: Michael Kelly

RM: Stuart Sinclair

CM: Chris Lines

CM: Ollie Clarke

LM: Kyle Bennett

ST: Stefan Payne

ST: Gavin Reilly

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