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3 things to look out for in the Bristol Rovers v Plymouth Argyle match

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This weekend sees two promotion candidates meet at the Memorial Stadium, as Bristol Rovers entertain league leaders Plymouth Argyle, with the visitors knowing that three points are crucial in staying top of Sky Bet League Two. 

Derek Adams' Plymouth visit Bristol Rovers today (3pm kick-off)

Derek Adams’ Plymouth visit Bristol Rovers today (3pm kick-off)

Argyle are top of the league, level on points with Northampton Town, and have won five of their last six league games, only losing to their title rivals.

Rovers are a team definitely on the up with six wins in their last ten, and have surprised many this season. After gaining promotion straight back to the division last time out, they now sit fourth place and are in with a massive chance to gaining back-to-back promotions.

In fact, three points this afternoon could see Darrell Clarke’s side go into the automatic promotion places.

Plymouth have been at the top for almost the whole season, but the Pilgrims need to keep up that pace to secure their first league title since 2004.

FootballLeagueWorld writer Ryan Evans identifies three things to look out for in this afternoon’s encounter…

1) Home isn’t necessarily where the heart is

Since 2010, Argyle have won four of the nine meetings between the two sides, with Rovers winning two of them.

The current form also points in the Pilgrims’ favour, with five wins in their last six. This run of games has seen the Devon side maintain their position at the top of the league.

With 29 points in their 13 away matches this season, Plymouth have the best away form in the league, but are being pegged back at the top of the table by their patchy home form.

Likewise, Bristol Rovers are also better on the road, and have a relatively weaker home record – they are only the tenth best side at home this term.

Can Plymouth’s run continue on Saturday?

2) Bristol Rovers going back to the big time?

It was just six years ago that Bristol Rovers were setting up an eleventh place finish in League One. Since then, they have been relegated twice and promoted back to the fourth tier.

With the Pirates rightly amongst the better sides in the division this time around, could they win back-to-back promotions this season?

Thanks to goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, they have conceded just four in their last eight games. Striker Matty Taylor has scored 14 in the league this season, which is the second highest tally.

There is no doubt that Bristol Rovers have the ability and talent to return to League One, but this match may be crucial in their quest to do so.

3) Wylde to keep shining?

Greg Wylde has scored two in his last two games, but it is his performances that have gained him a lot of praise. His determination as well as skill makes him an important player for the Pilgrims.

His ability to beat a player has been the cause of many a defences’ undoing, and the Green Army will be hoping his form stays at that level for the remainder of the season.

As well as this, Jake Jervis and Graham Carey are among the top scorers in the division, and Ryan Brunt has been amongst the goals lately too.

They’re in good shape to carry on this form, but being top of the league in January and being top in May are totally different things.

Can Wylde lead his side to the league title?

Bristol Rovers and Plymouth fans… what do you think the score will be? Will Rovers’ good form continue to help you rise up the table? Can Derek Adams take Plymouth back to League One in his first season in charge at Home Park? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


18 year old Plymouth fan from Cornwall. Twitter: @ryanevans1906

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