Bristol Rovers preview v Scunthorpe United| Rovers look to compound more misery on Scunny

This month for Rovers is a big one for fixtures as the club have a hectic schedule ahead.

So far fixtures in three different competitions have been played.

The league, FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy have all seen games.

However, it’s back to league matters as they welcome Stuart McCall’s Scunthorpe to the Memorial Stadium on the weekend.

Both sides this season have very much struggled for form on a consistent basis and this game presents a huge opportunity.

Whilst Rovers have been solid at the back but lacked a goal scoring touch this season.

Scunthorpe have been the opposite. They have scored plenty of goals but been very leaky which has ultimately lead to them languishing now the bottom embers of the table.

McCall has been in charge at the Lincolnshire side since August after the sacking of coach Keith Daws and so far hasn’t been able to turn their fortunes around.

Rovers are hoping to make it back to back victories in the league for the first time since February and this game is a fantastic opportunity to do so.

Injuries and suspensions are taking its toll for the upcoming league match for Rovers.

Tom Broadbent and Ed Upson are sidelined with injury.

Central-Midfielder Stuart Sinclair will sit out Saturday’s encounter after he picked an early red card in the 1-1 draw a way at Barnet in last Sunday’s FA Cup first round tie.

As with every other international break this season, Tom Lockyer will be away with the Wales squad for their Nations League match Denmark.

With Broadbent missing and Lockyer away with Wales, this leaves a huge void at centre-back and a big dilemma for Darrell Clarke.

As to who plays alongside Tony Craig on Saturday remains to be seen as their are two obvious candidates.

James Clarke and Rollin Menayese are the two players who the manager will have to choose from.

Menayese, incidentally played his first competitive action against Exeter City, in midweek’s Checkatrade Trophy defeat.

One thing he doesn’t have is experience unlike other defender James Clarke.

Darrell has at times been able to call upon James Clarke as a stand in defender and he may look to do that again as he may look at experience for the upcoming game.

Likely line-up:

GK: Jack Bonham

RB: Daniel Leadbitter

CB: James Clarke

CB: Tony Craig

LB: Michael Kelly

CM: Chris Lines

CM: Liam Sercombe

CM: Ollie Clarke

CAM: Kyle Bennett

ST: Stefan Payne

ST: Tom Nichols


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