Bristol Rovers are in EFL Trophy action as they host West Ham under-21’s at the Memorial Stadium.
The Gas are on a high after beating Shrewsbury Town 2-0 at the weekend, and now turn their attention to the Trophy where they’re top of their group.
Rovers beat Cheltenham Town 4-1 in their opening match, whilst the Hammers play begin their involvement in the competition at the Mem.
West Ham have won three of their four Premier League 2 matches this season and are currently on a three-game winning run having beaten Sunderland, Leeds United and Everton.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Bristol Rovers v West Ham.
Bristol Rovers v West Ham United takes place at the Memorial Stadium at 7.45 pm.
Fans in the United Kingdom can watch Bristol Rovers on iFollow, by purchasing a video match pass for £9.99.
BristolWorld’s Rovers reporter Harry Langstaff will be in attendance to cover the match, providing player ratings, as well as being in the post-match press conference for Joey Barton’s reaction.
The Gas nearly have a clean bill of health with just Jordan Rossiter nursing a long-term injury. Joey Barton is expected to make the changes from the weekend given that League One is the priority.
A strong team was named against Cheltenham Town however it did include some fringe players such as James Belshaw and James Gibbons so they could appear.
Luke McCormick hasn't had much football this season and so he coud be given a start whilst Josh Grant is another who could do with some minutes.
Neither Gibbons or Luca Hoole made the match-day squad with Jack Hunt preferred and so it would be interesting to see whether either of them come in to afford the back line a rest.
West Ham's top scorer this season is Callum Marshall who had netted five this term including a goal against Everton in the Premier League 2 on Friday, September 1.
Right-sided midfielder Dan Chesters and central midfielder George Earthy meanwhile have two assists this season and are another two players to watch.
“We’re coming up against EFL League One opposition who are hardened professionals,” said Hammers under-21’s boss Steve Potts.
“Men who have been playing the game for a long time.
“They’re going to be strong lads and, first and foremost, we’re going to need to stand up to that and then, if we can get a handle on that, show a bit of what we can do on the ball.”
“We’re going into their ground, where their fans will be cheering them on, and it’s men’s football so it will be tough,” the lead coach added.
“But this is why the boys are here. It’s another great tournament for us. When you can pitch yourself against league opposition, it’s a real plus for everyone and a great learning opportunity.
“It’s a chance to show they can handle league football.”
Tickets are still available for tonight’s match and can either be bought at the ticket office as you make your way to the ground or online.
Both the Poplar Insulation Stand and the Poplar Isulation Terrace, as well as the Thatchers North Terrace are open to supporters. Adult tickets are £15 on both terraces, meanwhile seating it is £20 for those who want to sit in the Poplar Insulation East Stand.