Colchester’s escape from League Two concerns has been made possible by the EFL Trophy. After going undefeated in their three group games, Matt Bloomfield’s team won Southern Group A ahead of League One’s Charlton Athletic.

The U’s earned a home match in the second round thanks to victories over The Addicks, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Academy, and fellow fourth-tier strugglers Gillingham. The team’s goal is now to see how far they can advance in this year’s competition.

Since their relegation from the Championship 14 years ago, Colchester has participated in the EFL Trophy, but they have only advanced past this stage once, when they reached the semi-finals in the 2008–09 season.

A victory over Rovers on Wednesday night would lift the spirits of the JobServe Community Stadium’s home supporters, who would much prefer to see their team keep its league standing this year.

Bristol Rovers entered this match as one of the seven teams in this division of the competition that are unbeaten in regular time, despite the fact that they were edged out of first place in Southern Group E due to a penalty shootout loss to Plymouth Argyle in the opening match of the group stage.

The Pirates have adjusted well to life in the third tier after a concerning start that saw them win just twice in 11 games, dramatic events on the final day of the previous season securing Rovers automatic promotion to League One.

The Welshman Aaron Collins, who has scored 10 goals in 19 games so far and is only second to Peterborough United’s Jonson Clarke-Harris in the league scoring charts, has been a key component of that turnaround in form.

Bristol Rovers had advanced at least as far as the third round of the EFL Trophy in each of the previous three seasons before a disappointing group stage exit the previous year.

Bristol Rovers will be confident in their ability to advance past Colchester, who are struggling at the bottom of League Two, and return to the competition’s later stages.

Does the Betting Market agree?

1X2 Betting Odds

The odds that the home side, Colchester will win stands at 3.0.

While the odds that this ends in a stalemate stand at 3.6.

The odds that the away side, Bristol Rovers come from this win a victory, stand at 2.25.

So yes. The market does think Bristol Rovers are slightly the favourites to win!

Total goals over/under

The odds that this game will have more than 2.5 goals scored, stands at 1.71.

While the odds that the game will have less than 2.5 goals scored, stands at 2.25!

So the market believes, this game will have goals and that Bristol Rovers will edge this!