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Sutton v Bristol Rovers preview

4 February 2022

After a week without a game, Sutton embark on a run of three home games in the space of seven days on Saturday, all against sides with promotion aspirations.

The run begins with a visit from Bristol Rovers, who finished bottom of League One last season and won only two of their first eight league games in this campaign, but a run of four wins and a draw in their last five games has lifted them in to a mid-table position, seven points outside the play-off zone but with up to four games in hand over every side above them. They have won three of their twelve away games this season, coming back from Harrogate, Walsall and Scunthorpe with maximum points.

The sides have already met once this season, with Rovers winning 2-1 at the Memorial Stadium in the second round of the FA Cup, coming from behind after Will Randall had given U's the lead, 

It was a busy end to the transfer window for Rovers, with highly rated Newcastle midfielder Elliott Anderson joining on loan and another midfielder, Jon Nolan, signed on a permanent basis following the cancellation of his contract at Ipswich. Both may feature on Saturday, while they are likely to have to make a change in goal with James Belshaw injured. Finnish international Anssi Jaakkola is the likely replacement, with Jed Ward recalled from loan at Swindon Supermarine. Luca Hoole is suspended after being sent off last Saturday, and experienced striker Brett Pitman has joined Eastleigh on loan.

Sutton's only transfer movement on Monday was to sell Tobi Sho-Silva to Carlisle, but both Omar Bugiel and Jon Barden have recovered from illness and are available for the game. U's are one of only two sides above Bristol Rovers in the form table over the last six games, and are unbeaten in nine league and cup games since the 3-2 defeat at Newport in December.

Saturday's referee is Robert Madley, a former Premier League official who was in charge of U's 3-1 win at Colchester in October.

There are still tickets available for Sutton supporters for the game, and they are available on line by clicking here. We would strongly recommend buying on line before setting out for the game, but if you do need to wait until Saturday afternoon and need to buy a ticket at the ground, it is essential to arrive early to guarantee a ticket and to avoid the congestion around the ticket kiosk and turnstile near kick off time that we experienced a fortnight ago against Northampton. Bristol Rovers have sold out their allocation for the game.

Supporters should check the website for any updates on Saturday morning.

With a new catering unit now in place on the main stand side of the ground the "hatch" from the rear of the kitchen will now be used to serve hot and cold drinks only, and will hopefully reduce waiting times for spectators requiring refreshments during the afternoon.

If you can't get to the game you can follow live audio commentary on our iFollow service. Supporters without a valid monthly or seasonal pass can buy a match pass for £2.50 here, while a match programme can be ordered here, to be sent out after the game.

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