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CRAWLEY TOWN V GILLINGHAM FC: MATCH PREVIEW

27 March 2015

We bring you the team news, manager comments and latest odds as Gills prepare to travel to Crawley

CRAWLEY TOWN V GILLINGHAM
Sky Bet League One
Checkatrade.com Stadium
Saturday March 28
Kick-Off, 3pm

Team News:

Joe Martin (ankle) remains out for at least another two weeks so Amari'i Bell will continue at left back, with Glenn Morris expected to retain his position in goal.

Josh Pritchard was sent off during Tuesday’s development game against Bournemouth but is eligible for first team fixtures.

As for Crawley, Conor Henderson (ankle) and Josh Simpson (hamstring) are definite absentees but Dean Leacock (groin) could return having not played since December 26.

Dean Morgan is on international duty with Montserrat and not available. John Cofie, formerly of Manchester United, is added to the squad after signing until the end of the season.

Former Charlton player Kelly Youga has also joined on a short term deal but the club are still awaiting international clearance.

Manager Comments:

Justin Edinburgh – “Crawley are on a very good run but we need to go there, pose ourselves and look to get three points.

“What we probably haven’t done is beat the teams in and around us often enough and that’s something we need to address and put right on Saturday.”

Read more here.

Dean Saunders – "Justin Edinburgh has done an outstanding job since going in there. They have got themselves up the table and have threats all over the pitch. It's going to be one of our hardest games in the run-in, there's no doubt about that."

Previous Meetings:

The clubs have already met twice this season, the first coming in the reverse league fixture at MEMS Priestfield Stadium before meeting again in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in West Sussex.

The first game finished 1-1 with Leon Legge cancelling out Gwion Edwards’ strike on 29 minutes.

In the JPT Gills came back from a goal down with ten men to win the match 2-1. Jermaine McGlashan and skipper Doug Loft finding the net late on to book an Area Semi-Final clash against Leyton Orient.

In total the two clubs have met on only eight occasions. Gillingham have won four of those, Crawley have three wins with the other game being the aforementioned draw.

Betting:

Sky Bet can’t separate the sides in terms of betting with both Crawley and Gillingham having odds of 13/8 to win. The draw is priced at 23/10.

Special Bet: Bradley Dack to score first in a 3-2 Gills win – 200/1.

For more odds, and to access the Sky Bet Transfer Fund, click the box below.



Officials:

Referee - Trevor Kettle
Assistant Referee 1 - Dave Bushell
Assistant Referee 2 - Barry Holderness
Fourth Official - Ryan T Atkin

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