Shrewsbury Town travel to the Memorial Stadium this Saturday, to take on Bristol Rovers in the Sky Bet League One.
Rovers fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Portsmouth last Saturday, with Aaron Collins grabbing the only goal for his side. Salop’s weekend fixture also ended in defeat, as top of the table Ipswich Town won 3-0 at Montgomery Waters Meadow last Saturday.
On Tuesday night, Shrewsbury exited the second round of EFL Cup in a narrow defeat to Championship side Burnley. Samuel Bastien grabbed the winner for Vincent Kompany’s side in the second half.
Rovers currently sit in 15th place, with two wins and three losses from their first five league games. Most notably, they recorded a 4-0 away win at Burton Albion in the second game of their season with all four goals in the first half of the game.
This will be the 70th meeting between the sides, with 21 ending in victory for Shrewsbury, 16 in draws, and 32 in defeat. In the 2020/2021 season, Rovers recorded a 1-0 win away at Montgomery Waters Meadow and a 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium.
Name: Bristol Rovers
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Founded: 1883 (139 years ago)
Owner: Wael al-Qadi
Manager: Joey Barton
Record league win: 7-0, most recent: vs Scunthorpe League Two 7th May 2022.
Record league defeat: 0-12 v Luton Town, Division 3 South, 13th April 1936.
Highest League finish: 6th in Division Two. 1955/1956 & 1958/1959
One to watch: Aaron Collins
Striker Aaron Collins has already found the back of the net four times this campaign and scored in Rovers' most recent outing against Portsmouth. As his side earned promotion to League One, Collins ended the season with 18 goals and was the club top scorer. The Welsh forward was previously at Forest Green Rovers before making the switch to Bristol Rovers in June 2021.