Bristol Rovers meet away side Shrewsbury Town at Memorial Stadium in the League One tie on Saturday.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury Town can be found here (including the best match odds).
Bristol Rovers will be hoping to bounce back here following a 1-2 League One loss in their previous game against Wigan Athletic.
The only name on the scoresheet from Bristol Rovers was Luke McCormick (69'). Callum Lang (50') and Scott Wootton (90') scored for Wigan Athletic.
It has not been often in recent times that Bristol Rovers have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that The Pirates have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 13 goals during that time.
Shrewsbury Town head into the meeting following on from a 4-2 League One win with the defeat of MK Dons in their most recent fixture.
For Shrewsbury Town, the goalscorers were Sean Goss (4', 57'), Ollie Norburn (8') and Curtis Main (20'). Will Grigg (22') and Charlie Brown (82') scored for MK Dons.
Steve Cotterill's Shrewsbury Town have turned their attacks into goals a total of 10 times throughout their previous six matches. The total of goals that they have conceded during those same clashes comes to 5.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Shrewsbury Town:
- have not lost to Bristol Rovers when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings going back to 03/02/2018, there is nothing to separate the two clubs with Bristol Rovers winning 2 of those games, Shrewsbury Town 2 and 2 being drawn in normal time.
A combined total of 16 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 8 of them from The Pirates and 8 for The Shrews. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The previous league contest featuring the two was League One match day 7 on 20/10/2020 and the score finished Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Bristol Rovers.
The match was refereed by Alan Young.
Team News: Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton will be thankful to have no fitness worries whatsoever coming into this match thanks to a fully healthy group available to select from.
Team News: Shrewsbury Town
Due to a fully healthy group available to select from, Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill has zero fitness worries to speak of coming into this match.
We’re inclined to think that Bristol Rovers might well have a job on their hands to put one past this Shrewsbury Town outfit who we think will likely win and very possibly keep a clean sheet.
We’re therefore anticipating a highly competitive game with a 0-1 win for Shrewsbury Town after 90 minutes.
Should be a close one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Memorial Stadium (12,300)
Captain: Max Ehmer
Chairman: Wael al-Qadi
Manager: Joey Barton
Competitions: League One position 19
🔑 Star Player: Sam Nicholson
Mostly taking up the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Sam Nicholson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. After having made a senior debut playing for Hearts in the 2013 - 2014 season, the accomplished Midfielder has netted 5 league goals in the League One 2020 - 2021 season so far coming from a total of 23 appearances.