Bristol Rovers v Plymouth preview
Last Updated: 07/09/18 10:35am
Defender Tom Lockyer is away on international duty with Wales and will miss Bristol Rovers' Sky Bet League One game against Plymouth.
Recent loan signing Joe Martin was sent off after an hour of his debut last weekend and starts a ban. Chris Lines serves the third game of his suspension following his dismissal against Portsmouth.
Midfielder Liam Sercombe has missed the Pirates' last two games with a hamstring injury and he will be monitored.
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Plymouth manager Derek Adams returns to the touchline after completing a two-match ban. Argyle staff and players, led by captain Gary Sawyer, were involved in clear the air talks after a 3-0 defeat to Pompey left them winless in six League One fixtures.
The Pilgrims made no changes for their trip to Fratton Park following a Carabao Cup loss to Millwall. Ryan Taylor, Graham Carey and Ruben Lameiras are amongst those pushing to come in should Adams wish to make changes.
Since a run of four straight defeats against Plymouth, Bristol Rovers have only lost two of the last nine league meetings (W3 D4).
At the Memorial Stadium, neither Bristol or Plymouth have kept a clean sheet in a league game since the Pirates beat the Pilgrims 2-0 in February 1997, both scoring 13 goals in the eight games since.
Bristol Rovers have won just one of their last 13 League One games (D6 L6) scoring just 10 goals in total during this period.
Plymouth Argyle are on of just two sides in League One without a victory so far this season (also Shrewsbury) and have failed to win any of their opening six league games for the first time since 2011/12 in League Two.
Five of Bristol Rovers' six league goals so far this campaign have come from set piece situations - only Peterborough (six) have scored more from set pieces (Luton also five), whilst no side have conceded more goals in the division from set pieces than Plymouth (five, also Shrewsbury).