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GILLINGHAM V CREWE MATCH PREVIEW

21 March 2014

We look ahead to Saturday's league clash at MEMS Priestfield Stadium

GILLINGHAM V CREWE ALEXANDRA
Sky Bet League One
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Saturday March 22
Kick-Off, 3pm

Team News:

Ryan Inniss could return to the match day squad having been out of action since making his debut for Gills against Sheffield United last month.

Michael Harriman (hamstring) and Danny Kedwell (knee) remain out of action, with Chris Whelpdale (ankle) also out.

Steven Gregory has overcome a bout of illness which forced him to withdraw from the Bradford squad last weekend.

As for Crewe, Max Clayton (ankle) and fellow forward Ryan Colclough (stomach) could feature for the club.

Neither player featured in the 1-1 draw with Oldham last weekend but they may be fit enough to travel.

Manager Comments:



Gills are looking for their third straight home win on Saturday when Crewe visit Priestfield, and with Peter having watched the Alex for himself recently, he knows what type of game to expect.

Speaking to the club website he said: “When you’ve got a team who is fighting to stay up, as we are, they are always going to be difficult opponents.

“It’s a big game; they will see this as their opportunity to get a run going. I saw them play recently against Stevenage and they are still playing their Football.”

You can watch Peter’s exclusive video interview here.

Previous Meetings:

The last time the clubs met was earlier this season when the Gills ran out convincing 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Cody McDonald, Joe Martin and Adam Barrett.

However the head to head statistics are in Crewe’s favour having won 20 of the 44 matches contested between the clubs. Gills have won 16, while the other eight have been drawn.

The most recent game at Priestfield saw Crewe snatch a late winner in a thrilling 4-3 encounter. The visitors had gone 3-1 ahead in the second half before goals from Chris Whelpdale and Ashley Miller leveled proceedings at 3-3.

However, with virtually the last kick of the game, Max Clayton ensured all three points went to the Alex – the victory proving to be pivotal as the two point gap between the clubs at the end of the season saw Crewe achieve a play-off place.

Betting:



Gills have only been defeated once at home since the turn of the year, and Sky Bet are offering odds of 11/10 for the hosts to continue that run of good form.

Crewe are priced at 12/5, while a draw is also 12/5. Sky Bet are the league’s official sponsor and you can get some of the best odds around by visiting their website www.skybet.com.

Officials:

Referee – Stephen Bratt
Assistants- Matt Foley & Christopher Powell
Fourth Official – Ashvin Degnarain

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