League One Gameweek 38: Clarke-Harris To Fire For Bristol Rovers?4 min read
Graham’s Gasheads grabbing goals
Since Graham Coughlan took the reigns at Bristol Rovers, the club have taken 16 points from 10 league games, averaging 1.6 points per game, in comparison with 1.04 PPG under Darrell Clarke.
In terms of Expected Goals though, they have averaged 1.33 For (xGF) and 1.14 Against (xGA), giving them a Ratio (xGR) of 53.97ally scored 10 goals in that sequence, on average 1.11 per game, in comparison with a record of 1.47 goals per game over the whole season.
Although the quality of chance creation has not decreased, with Grant’s first team replacement Igor Vetokele showing good movement at time, the quality of chance conversion has decreased.
To counter-balance this though the Londoners have improved defensively, with on average 0.8 goals conceded per game since Grant’s departure – the experience of Patrick Bauer and the physicality of Naby Sarr has made for a well-balanced centre-back pairing.
Lee Bowyer on how #cafc's fans played their part last night – and how his side "dug in". I thought they looked defensively assured in second half, Sarr and Bauer played v well #bafchttps://t.co/74zmr5GMb1
— Joshua Murray (@JoshuaMurrayBM) March 13, 2019
And, they produced an excellent performance in front of the nation in a 2-1 win over Portsmouth on Saturday teatime, before beating Burton the following Tuesday by the same scoreline with Joe Aribo staring on the left of the diamond.
How will it pan out?
Five of the last 12 League One games involving either Bristol Rovers or Charlton have ended in a 1-1 draw.
Six of the Gasheads’ last seven goals have been scored by Clarke-Harris – by that logic, the former Coventry man to score in a game that ends one apiece looks an attractive long-shot at 15/1.
Tip: Scorecast: Jonson Clarke-Harris, 1-1 draw –
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