Bristol Rovers Preview v Walsall

The last two games have definitely been both positive and negative for Rovers.

It seems the players and the manager are content with those two draws as are some fans whilst some are concerned.

Rovers have drawn their last two games 0-0 and both away from home whilst the defence has been solid the lack of goals coursing through the team is a massive concern.

But the Gas are back at home facing Walsall looking to claim three points to make it five points out of the last nine available.

That would be fantastic for the Gas and it would show huge signs of a revival and firmly put to bed that bad run that occurred during the first two months of the season.

Their opponents this weekend are Dean Keates’s Walsall.

The Saddlers are doing very well in League One and were unbeaten for the first seven league games and are unbeaten away from home this season.

Morgan Ferrier, Zeli Ismail have been the two standouts this season for Walsall are will be the big dangers for the Gas heading into Saturday’s encounter.

The atmosphere at the club seems to have changed just that little bit more since those three positive results of one win and two draws.

Following his first half substitution at Bradford, Rovers captain Tom Lockyer missed the draw at Rochdale in midweek due to concussion and reluctantly had to sit out.

Rovers home fans will be excited to see Liam Sercombe back on the field of play at the Memorial Stadium.

The midfielder hasn’t been on home soil since he came off as a first half substitute against Portsmouth back in August and his influence on the pitch is very much met with a welcome relief.

Team prediction:

GK: Jack Bonham

RB: Joe Partington

CB: Tom Lockyer

CB: Tony Craig

LB: James Clarke

RM: Liam Sercombe

CM: Ollie Clarke

CM: Stuart Sinclair

LM: Kyle Bennett

ST: Tom Nichols

ST: Stefan Payne

Substitutes:

Adam Smith (GK)

Daniel Leadbitter

Joe Martin

Luke Russe

Chris Lines

Alex Jakubiak

Gavin Reilly

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