Peterborough United have only picked up one victory in their previous six matches, in what has been a difficult season for the squad in the Championship.
Darren Ferguson’s men are currently inside of the relegation zone, having only won five of their 15 league matches, which is why the FA Cup will be a welcome distraction for the group.
However, the Posh will be able to take confidence from the fact that the club are undefeated in their previous 13 matches against Bristol Rovers, winning eight and drawing five of those.
Peterborough need to improve on their defensive abilities if they are hoping to find themselves in the hat for the next round, as they have conceded 44 times this season, which is more than any other team in the Championship.
The club have only been beaten once by a team in a lower division than them, but Ferguson will be aware that the defeat happened last season against Chorley.
For the League Two club, Bristol Rovers will head into this match as the underdogs, and they have failed to reach the fourth round since 2007-08, which they will want to set right at the weekend.
Joey Barton’s squad were impressive during their most recent outing by beating Rochdale 4-2; however, that victory was one that they had to work hard for.
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Despite the fact that they took a two-goal lead, they ended up being pulled back to 2-2 before late goals from Harry Anderson and Aaron Collins secure the result.
Bristol Rovers will now be aiming to bring that same fighting spirit to their upcoming FA Cup clash at the weekend, especially after winning twice in their previous three outings.
The Gas have faced Peterborough United three times in the FA Cup throughout history, and they have come out on top on all of those occasions, but the last time the two teams collided in the competition was 1968