Charlton secured their biggest aggregate score against the Gasheads aka Pirates last season, but we should not expect a repetition this season (although in any case they finished above us in 10th place): CAS Trust Preview
The only Jordanian owned team in the Football League have seen owner Waed-al-Qadi increase the budget and they are forecast to finish 3rd by Four Four Two. Manager Darrell Clarke is regarded as 'One of the hottest properties outside the Premier League.' The 39-year old is said to be an ace at reading body language and identifying tactical problems. 'He is also said to excel in pre-game team talks, gauging the mood in the side's dressing room and always saying the right thing before the game starts.'
Liam Seccombe is regarded as a key player. The classy 27-year old midfielder fell out with Oxford boss Michael Appleton. They still need a replacement for top scorer who crossed over to Bristol City in January.
Defender Tom Broadbent has an interesting back story. He is technically still in the Army until September and was shot at in Afghanistan: Tom Broadbent
Odds are: Charlton 13/10, Draw 11/5, Bristol Rovers 15/8. We have won two and drawn one of our last home encounters with the Gasheads and I am going for a 2-1 win tomorrow.
Man in the middle is Christopher Sarginson from Staffordshire.
Tomorrow is the first time the Alan Pardew Award for Half Baked Managerial Excuses will be available (although not necessarily awarded).