It's Christmas Eve almost 20 weeks early and it's just gone midday. I'm already struggling to contain my excitement at the start of the new football season begins tonight in the Championship. However, Hull vs Blackpool isn't the reason I've not slept for the past couple of days, oh no. It's all about the big game in League Two - AFC Wombles against the mighty Gas!
The tickets for the away end tomorrow are like Willy Wonka's Golden Tickets - everybody wants one but there are many people who will be disappointed! Well, actually, they aren't much like Golden Tickets at all, as these ones look like they've been designed by an infant who had to make do with drawing on pink paper with a dodgy felt tip pen, but you catch my drift.
750 proud owners of said tickets will descend on Kingsmeadow from Bristol tomorrow lunchtime, hoping that Rovers kickstart the season with a bang against the newly promoted AFC Wimbledon. It's anybody's guess what the starting line-up will be, such is the strength in depth at the club now. Either way, Gasheads will be confident that their team can produce a win, even if nobody outside of North Bristol wants us to!
Here is my prediction at tomorrow's starting XI:
Having said that, Chris Zebroski could easily find himself in the team, as could Craig Stanley and Wayne Brown - that's how difficult it is to predict who will start!
It's not going to be an easy game though, not by any stretch. Terry Brown's men will be up fired up for this game in front of a full house and will want to finish their first game as victors. Last season's star man for AFC, Danny Kedwell, has moved on during the summer, sealing a move to home-town club Gillingham. He's not been sufficiently replaced according to Brown, although any new forward signings are likely to happen after Saturday, meaning they won't be facing Rovers. The season kicked off early for tomorrow's hosts, as they took on fellow promoted side Crawley in the Carling Cup preliminary round. Unfortunately for them they were defeated 3-2 by the big money side, but if that game is any indication on how strong a side they will have, League Two could have a new dark horse this year!
With kick off now exactly 24 hours away, it won't be too long before I stand proudly with my new Rovers away shirt on, alongside the other Gasheads in the away end at Kingsmeadow, confident that our boys can deliver 3 points!
It's going to be a hard fought encounter and an absolute blockbuster for Sky Sports viewers worldwide and one that I predict Rovers will come out on top in:
(I had to predict a win for us, as I've not been this confident going in to a season for a long long time!)
A full match report to follow tomorrow, until then, COME ON YOU BLUES!