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Bristol Rovers v Exeter City preview

Exeter's Jamie Cureton returns to his former club after hitting his 20th goal of the season in the win over Northampton. Photo: EMPICS Sport

Exeter City make the short journey up the M5 tonight to play West Country rivals Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. A win will move City into the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

The Grecians have won four out of their last five games to cement their place in the play-off positions. They had a convincing 3-0 win over fellow promotion contenders Northampton on Saturday.

City's form on the road has been excellent. Their last away match saw a 2-0 victory at second-placed Port Vale.

Paul Tisdale has no new injury concerns. Alan Gow, Liam Sercombe and Myles Anderson remain sidelined, while Mark Molesley serves the second game of his three-match suspension.

Bristol Rovers have made significant progress under new manager John Ward. The Pirates were rock bottom in December and sacked Mark McGhee after a 4-1 defeat at York City.

Under Ward, Rovers have won 7 out of 13 games. On Saturday they had a comfortable 3-0 win over third-placed Burton Albion, and are now 17th in the table.

Joe Anyinsah is a doubt for the match with a hamstring injury, but Fabian Broghammer has returned to training.

Rovers are looking to complete the double over Exeter. They won 2-1 at St James Park back in September to record their first win of the season after eight attempts.

FORM:

BRISTOL ROVERS: W L D L W

EXETER CITY: W W L W W

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Bristol Rovers v Exeter City

Eliot Richards scored against Burton on Saturday, and also against Exeter back in September. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

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