The Gas can maintain their excellent home record with victory over Gillingham on Saturday.
Bristol Rovers v Gillingham - Saturday 15:00
Darrell Clarke made the point after the 3-2 win away at Northampton last time out that Bristol Rovers currently have the same number of points they were holding at this stage last season. It wasn’t a direct admission that Rovers are targeting a third successive promotion, but the subtext behind the comparison was difficult to avoid.
The Pirates have taken to League One like they took to the Conference and League Two before that. All the familiar traits of their previous two promotions are beginning to emerge. They look strong mentally and they are competitive every week, invariably finishing games in the ascendancy. In the last seven matches, they’ve rescued 12 points from a losing position.
Contrast that with Gillingham, who surrendered an early lead at home to lowly Oldham last weekend. The Kent club have the joint-worst defensive record in the division, having shipped 23 goals in their 12 matches, compared with just 13 at the same point last season when John Egan was marshalling a back four with confidence beyond his years.
With key players Bradley Dack and Jay Emmanuel Thomas both carrying knocks and operating some way below full capacity, this could be a break from recent drama for Rovers. Take the 23/20 about the home win - the Gas have won 32 of their 46 home games over the past two seasons - and stick a point on the 3-1 correct score at 16/1.