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Match preview: Bristol Rovers v Wednesday

18 April 2023

Match Previews

Match preview: Bristol Rovers v Wednesday

18 April 2023

Bristol Rovers v Wednesday
Tuesday 18 April
League One
Memorial Stadium

Minute’s applause

Kick-off tonight will be preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of Don Megson and Colin Dobson.

Owls legend Megson played for and managed the hosts, while former Wednesday teammate Dobson represented Rovers as Don’s first signing.

Both men sadly passed away earlier this year.


It’s a full programme of fixtures this evening in League One and another vital night for Wednesday.

The Owls need a positive result in the South West to maintain pressure at the top of the table.

Following a 3-0 win over Accrington eight days ago, Wednesday’s automatic promotion hopes were dealt a blow on Saturday with defeat at Burton by the odd goal in five.


With one win and four draws from the last eight games, there is plenty riding on tonight’s game for Wednesday and those around the division.

For Bristol Rovers, a recent bout of good form has seen the Gas achieve safety in League One, steering clear of any relegation danger.

Joey Barton’s side have lost only two of their last eight fixtures and won two of the previous three.


Wednesday: Michael Ihiekwe continues to make good progress with his recovery.


The defender travelled with the squad to Burton on Saturday and was named in the starting XI for the Under-21s on Tuesday afternoon to gain valuable minutes in the PDL2 clash with QPR.

Mallik Wilks and Reece James remain sidelined alongside Josh Windass and George Byers.

Bristol Rovers: Former Owls loanee Lewis Gibson will likely maintain his place in the starting line-up for the hosts.

Liverpool loanee Jarell Quansah returns from a three-match suspension.

The Gas are unlikely to switch things up in terms of team selection with two wins and a draw from their last three.

Paul Coutts is ruled out, while long-term absentees Josh Grant and Jordan Rossiter remain on the sidelines.


All tickets for Wednesdayites have sold out for this fixture.


Referee – Josh Smith
Assistant Referee 1 – Hristo Karaivanov
Assistant Referee 2 – Samuel Ogles
Fourth Official – Lee Swabey


Our trip to Bristol Rovers is live on iFollow for supporters in the UK as a designated midweek fixture.

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The hashtag for the match is #SHWBRO

Our official Twitter account @swfc will provide a blow-by-blow text update, with team news at 6:45pm and all the key updates from Bristol.

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26 Oct 2022 | Owls 1-1 Bristol Rovers | League One
30 Apr 2011 | Bristol Rovers 1-1 Owls | League One
11 Dec 2010 | Owls 6-2 Bristol Rovers | League One
23 Mar 1991 | Owls 2-1 Bristol Rovers | Old Division Two
6 Oct 1990 | Bristol Rovers 0-1 Owls | Old Division Two


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Under the banner of ‘Love Football. Protect The Game’ the FA, Premier League and EFL have together introduced new measures and stronger sanctions across the game to tackle the increased anti-social, discriminatory and criminal behaviours seen within football grounds.

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