Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town Predictions

Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town predictions for Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy clash at Memorial Stadium. Bristol Rovers enter this game on the back of a 1-1 stalemate against Lincoln City at their home ground. Meanwhile, the visiting team faced a 2-0 defeat to Barnsley. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town Predictions


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EFL Trophy Showdown: Bristol Rovers’ Quest for Continuity vs Cheltenham’s Search for Salvation

Key Stats
– Cheltenham Town haven’t scored in over 600 minutes of football this season.
– Bristol Rovers have triumphed over Cheltenham in their last three encounters.
– Scott Sinclair boasts a 50% goal-scoring rate in the first four matches of the season for Bristol Rovers.

The EFL Trophy sets the stage for another fierce clash as Bristol Rovers prepare to host Cheltenham Town at the Memorial Stadium this Tuesday evening.

The Pirates, as Bristol Rovers are affectionately known, haven’t had the best start to the season. A recent 1-1 draw at home to Lincoln City extended their winless streak to three games in the league. Positioned 17th after six games, Joey Barton’s team haven’t made significant progress since last season, where they also ended in the same spot. Despite the shaky start, Rovers demonstrated resilience last term by racking up 53 points from 14 victories, 11 draws, and 21 defeats over 46 encounters. Their current season’s form reveals a solitary win against Charlton Athletic amongst a sea of draws and losses.


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In the EFL Trophy, however, Rovers have a legacy to uphold. They impressively made it to the quarter-final in the previous season, only to be halted by Plymouth Argyle. Given their track record against Cheltenham, having secured victories in their last three meetings, there’s a silent optimism brewing in the camp.

Cheltenham Town’s plight contrasts sharply. The Robins, having slipped to 16th last season from a 15th position the prior year, are enduring a torrid phase. A loss count that stands at five in six league matches has seen them firmly anchored to the league’s basement. Their woes extend beyond the league – a Carabao Cup first-round defeat at the hands of Birmingham City is testament to that. Goal drought remains a significant concern, with Cheltenham failing to find the net in over 600 minutes of action.

Team Dynamics

Bristol Rovers’ manager, Joey Barton, hasn’t been too experimental with his starting line-up this season. However, after their recent draw, he might ponder reverting to a 4-4-2 formation. Scott Sinclair, having netted twice in the opening four games, is a likely contender to make a return.

On the other hand, Wade Elliott, Cheltenham’s gaffer, has juggled his team quite a bit. Yet, the defensive trio of Sean Long, Curtis Davies, and Lewis Freestone has remained a constant. With Robert Street and Aidan Keena leading the attack, the addition of Will Goodwin might be the spark they need to ignite their goal-scoring aspirations.

Analysis & Predictions

  1. Outcome Prediction: Based on recent form, Bristol Rovers have a slight edge. They’ve managed to find the net more consistently than Cheltenham. Thus, predicting a Bristol Rovers win (from the win-draw-away market) seems logical. However, it’s bound to be a closely-fought contest, potentially being decided by a single goal.
  2. Scoreline Forecast: Given the attacking struggles of Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers’ modest scoring record, a 1-0 victory in favour of Bristol Rovers seems plausible.
  3. Goal Scorer Prediction: Scott Sinclair has shown glimpses of his goal-scoring prowess at the start of the season. We predict him to be on the scoresheet, at least once, during the match. He could very well be the first to break the deadlock.


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Herrin Kendrick
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