Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers preview
Last Updated: 31/08/18 12:13pm
Joel Coleman, Shaun Whalley and Mat Sadler are among the players who could be brought back into starting line-up as Shrewsbury chase their first League One win of the season against fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers.
The Shrews made eight changes for the midweek Checkatrade Trophy clash with Manchester City Under-21s and coach John Askey could decide to restore the majority of the team that were edged out 3-2 by Luton last weekend.
However, teenager Ryan Barnett pushed his claims for a role in the league encounter after impressing in the City match, which Shrewsbury won on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Lee Angol is likely to retain his place after scoring for the second successive game but fellow forward Abo Eisa has yet to return from a knee injury.
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Rovers could draft in new loan signings Jack Bonham and Joe Martin as they look to turn around a similarly poor start to the season, having lost five of their seven league and cup matches so far. Goalkeeper Bonham has joined on a season-long loan from Brentford and will challenge Adam Smith for the number one spot.
Martin, meanwhile, has been signed from Stevenage until January and could come in at left-back in place of youngster Michael Kelly, who started the 3-1 Carabao Cup defeat to QPR in midweek. Chris Lines is still suspended while it remains to be seen when Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, Joe Partington and Stuart Sinclair will be fit for action.
Since losing 1-3 to Bristol Rovers in the League Two play-off final in 2007, Shrewsbury have won four of the last six league meetings (L2).
Bristol Rovers have failed to score in each of their last six league visits to Shrewsbury, their longest current scoreless run away from home against an opponent.
Shrewsbury are looking to avoid failing to win any of their first six league matches of a Football League season for the first time the 1990-91 season.
Bristol Rovers have collected just eight points in their last 12 League One games (W1 D5 L6).
Shrewsbury have won just one of their last five league matches when they've scored the first goal (D2 L2) and lost last time out against Luton.