Four draws in a row for the Pirates after Billy Bodin’s equalising goal resulted in both teams walking away with one point at Vale Park last Saturday.

However, Scunthorpe took on current league leaders, Sheffield United at Bramall Lane where they also took away a point after a volley from Billy Sharp rescued the Blades from losing against the promotion chasers.

The two clubs have not played against each other since the beginning of the Season in August. Scunthorpe defeated the newly-promoted side with three astonishing goals from home. Former striker, Matty Taylor’s volley took Bristol Rovers into the lead at Glanford Park in the 31st minute. However, it wasn’t until the second half where Kevin van Veen and Josh Morris both fired the ball home for the Iron, making it a 2-1 lead after 80 minutes. Substitute Kyle Wooton broke clear and drove the ball past Steve Mildenhall in the 6th minute of stoppage time, finishing with a result of Scunthorpe United 3-1 Bristol Rovers.

Key Players:

Josh Morris, Scunthorpe United: Morris joined the Iron back in June 2016 on a free transfer and has since scored 17 goals in 27 league appearances. His debut goal was against Bristol Rovers at home. He is a versatile player as he can play as a central/left midfielder and also as a left-sided defender. He can score goals from any range, uses a variety of skill and has the pace to outwit players successfully.

Billy Bodin, Bristol Rovers: After a successful trial in 2015, Billy Bodin signed for the Pirates and has scored 17 goals in a total of 53 league appearances. He is an attacking player and can be played either as an attacking/right midfielder or as a striker. He is left-footed but can successfully finish with either foot from a variety of spots, whether that be close to the net, or on the edge of the box. He has the skill to outwit the opposition and maintain possession throughout the game.

Bristol Rovers remain unbeaten in seven home games whereas, for Scunthorpe, their form has been fairly poor throughout the last few games away from home. They stand only five points away from being top of the league, yet ‘Rovers are six points away from reaching the playoffs. Overall, I predict that it will be another draw for both teams – Bristol Rovers 1-1 Scunthorpe United.


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