Plymouth vs Bristol Rovers by Hassy

High flying Plymouth will hope to close in on the top of League 2 this weekend with a win over Bristol Rovers. Plymouth have made an excellent start to the new campaign having won 5 of their first 7 games and are currently sat in 2nd place, 1 point behind 1st in League 2. Plymouth have been very impressive this season having scored 13 goals in their first 7 games with Graham Carey and Jake Jervis both scoring 4 goals each so far this season. Plymouth have only lost twice in the last 9 meetings between these two teams, with Plymouth winning 5 of them and drawing the other 2. The win away to Wycombe truly signals this club as serious promotion contenders.


Plymouth are monitoring the progress of Josh Simpson ahead of their clash with Bristol Rovers. Midfielder Simpson (groin) has not featured since August 22 and the 28-year-old returned to full training with the Argyle squad on Thursday. Meanwhile, Pilgrims boss Derek Adams has stated Bolton loanee Oscar Threlkeld will not be fit for the Home Park fixture after taking a "slight knock" to his thigh.


Bristol Rovers have been very hot or cold so far this season as they started the year poorly with 2 defeats in their first 2 games in all competitions. That was then followed by a surprise spring in form as they then went on to win their next 3 games back to back in the league scoring 5 goals in victories against Yeovil, Luton and Barnet. However they have failed to score a single goal in their last 3 games all of which have resulted in defeats. Bristol Rovers are currently on a 3 back to back game losing streak having been submitted to defeats by Leyton Orient, Oxford United and Accrington Stanley.


Billy Bodin is pressing for a place in the Rovers attack for the first time this season as the Pirates seek to arrest a slide of three successive league defeats. The Wales Under-21 international has come off the bench in the last two games and Rovers boss Darrell Clarke may seek striking alternatives after seeing his side fail to score since August 22.


Cristiano Montano is another attacking option to add pace down the flanks while Gibraltar international Jake Gosling could make his first league start of the season in midfield. But defender Daniel Leadbitter (hamstring) is still thought to be a week away from full fitness with his return pencilled in for the visit of Portsmouth on September 26.


In their last 20 home games against teams positioned below them in the table, Plymouth have won 15, drawn 4 and lost 1 of these matches. Bristol Rovers seem to have hit a brick wall and the momentum gathered through their play off victory to get promoted has definitely evaporated. With Ruben Reid amongst the goals I back a home
Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Plymouth to Win BetVictor 2.50 6 1-1 LOST (-6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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