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PREVIEW: Exeter v Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers
vs.
Exeter City

Memorial Stadium

01/12/09

7.45pm

Exeter City will look to bounce back from their heartbreaking defeat at MK Dons at the weekend, when they make the trip to Westcountry rivals Bristol Rovers.

City fans will hope they see a good reaction from their team at the Memorial Stadium. And there is no reason why the Grecians can`t pick up a positive result, such has been the positivism of recent weeks before Saturday`s collapse.

Bristol Rovers made a flying start to the season before a long run of successive defeats. They currently lie in eighth position, and one point of the final play-off spot.

Bristol Rovers Team News:

Rovers have had over a week to prepare for this game, and manager Paul Trollope has all his centre backs fit. He has the luxury of a fully fit squad to choose from, apart from Aaron Lescott, who is close to a return.

Player to watch: Jo Kuffour

Has the ability to cause problems for the City backiline.

Exeter City Team News:

Exeter City manager may opt for the same starting line-up as the two previous away games in the league. That would mean Steve Tully would replace Richard Duffy at right back after suspension.


Player to watch: Ryan Harley

The midfield supremo!

Match Facts & Stats

The overall record between the two teams is close with 25 victories for City, United just behind with 24. There have been 18 draws.

Last Meetings:

21/02/98
Exeter City 0 Colchester United 1
Att: 3346

27/09/97
Colchester United 1 Exeter 2
Att: 3175



Stockport County v Exeter City

There isn`t much to choose between the two sides going by our past meetings. In the league, City have 18 victories, just ahead of County who have 17. However, the only cup meeting between the sides resulted in a victory for County. Coincidentally this was also the last meeting between the two sides:

FA Cup 1st Round
11/11/06
Exeter City 1 Stockport County 2
Att: 4454

Lee Philips brought City level on the stoke of half time at St. James Park, after Tes Bramble had given Counthy the lead. However, Adam Proudlock scored a late winner to book County a place in round 2


Last League Meetings:
1993/94 season: Division 2 (third tier)

Exeter City 1 Stockport County 2

Stockport County 4 Exeter City 0











Exeter City v Milwall

The Grecians haven`t met the South Londoners for 25 years but there have been 64 previous meetings between the sides. Milwall have the upper hand with 32 wins to Exeter`s 20, and there have been 12 draws.

Last Meetings: Old Division 3 (third tier): 1983/84

Milwall 3 Exeter City 0

Exeter City 3 Milwall 2



Bristol Rovers v Exeter City

Including cup competitions, there is nothing to choose between the sides in the head to head stats. Both teams have 24 victories, and there have been 28 draws.

Last Meetings: Division 3 (third tier): 2002/03

01/03/2003
Exeter City 0 Bristol Rovers 0
Att: 5759

14/09/02
Bristol Rovers 1 Exeter City 1
Att: 6498

Steve Flack opened the scoring for the Grecians, but Paul Tait levelled six minutes before half time.

Match Prediction:

Bristol Rovers 2 Exeter City 1

Next Fixtures:

Coca Cola League 1
Saturday December 5th
Exeter City v Brighton and Hove Albion
St. James Park


Writer:SupaStix
Date:Monday November 30 2009
Time: 6:18PM

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