This season has been extremely tight in Sky Bet League Two, perhaps much more than people had thought when the season started back in August.
Teams such as Portsmouth spent huge amounts last summer, in comparison to the league’s average, and were therefore many people’s favourites to win the league at a canter.
However, that theory has been proven wrong over recent months as teams, such as Bristol Rovers and Cambridge United, have proven that spending money doesn’t win you matches – a great team moral and determination is much more valuable.
As a result of this, each week sees teams in the top half of the league all battling out for the same thing – promotion to League One.
This match-up between Bristol Rovers in third and Cambridge United in tenth again anticipates a mouth-watering clash in an extraordinarily tight promotion push.
Rovers, on the one hand, moved into the third automatic-promotion spot last weekend as they thrashed Newport County 4-1 away from home.
Meanwhile, Cambridge moved up two places courtesy of a 3-0 win over Yeovil Town, whilst moving within five points of the play-off places.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Reece Chambers identifies THREE things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…
1) Bristol Rovers’ home form
At the start of the season, Rovers’ performances at the Memorial Stadium were nothing short of disappointing, winning just one of their first six games back in the Football League.
However, Rovers have made up for their poor start to the season after winning eight of their last nine league fixtures at the Memorial Stadium.
That very form has seen them climb from 13th in the league standings, at the end of that poor home run, to now sitting in the final automatic promotion spot.
The impressive home form of the Gas has been a hot topic across all teams in the league, and sides have recently come to the Memorial Stadium in the hope of ‘parking the bus’ for 90 minutes.
However, the belief and confidence Darrell Clarke has installed in his players is admirable, and teams have found it near enough impossible to leave the West Country with any points.
2) Cambridge United’s poor away form
Cambridge United, on the other hand, have very contrasting form as they head into this fixture.
Shaun Derry’s side might have a cause for concern prior to this fixture, as the home form of Rovers is far more credible than the away form of the U’s, having only won one of their six League Two away fixtures in 2016.
However, they conceded just the one goal when they travelled to Sixfields a couple of weeks ago to face tabletoppers Northampton Town.
And, as a result, they might look to take this opportunity at the Memorial Stadium to narrow the gap on the play-off places, and will take confidence from an impressive away draw at Northampton last time round into today’s game.
3) Rovers’ multiple goal-scoring threats
Rovers’ goal-scoring threats might be the most obvious thing to look out for if recent performances by the Gas are anything to go by.
They scored four in their win at Newport County last weekend, which added to their impressive tally of ten goals in their last four games.
However, what is perhaps most impressive about the goals is the fact that there are a large variety of scorers.
Against Newport, where they netted four goals, there were four different goal scorers. That very fact shows how that the strength in depth of Rovers’ strikeforce is, eventually, beginning to pay off with extremely positive consequences.
As a result, you should certainly be looking out for Rovers’ strike force when the two sides clash on Good Friday.
Bristol Rovers and Cambridge fans… what do you think the score will be this afternoon? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!