This is the first ‘El Glosico’ for almost 2 years. Cheltenham are 8 points ahead of Rovers in 16th place in the league (having played a game fewer).
With 8 losses, 7 wins & 4 draws, the Robins are doing well digging out points to keep themselves clear of the relegation places. The 2 big concerns for Cheltenham fans will be their away form (just 9 points from 9 away games) and their lack of goals. With just 16 goals scored so far, Cheltenham (tied with Morecambe) have the worst offensive record in the league. That said, FGR, with 18 goals scored, aren’t that much better!
Defensively, Cheltenham have been tough to break down, conceding just 21 goals in 19 games. A 1-1 away draw at Ipswich, a 1-0 home win against Wycombe, and a 1-0 away win at Charlton in their last 3 outings demonstrates their resilience at the back. The Robins are also on something of a run of form – unbeaten in their last 5 games.
Rovers concern will continue to be their defence. Only Burton Albion have conceded more than the 39 goals that Rovers have shipped (an average of almost 2 goals a game).