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30 August 2016

The Gills host Luton Town in the first game of the Checkatrade Trophy

Checkatrade Trophy
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Tuesday, August 30
7.30pm kick-off 

Referee: John Busby 
Assistants: Anthony Da Costa and Graham Kane
Fourth Official: Christopher Pollard

The Gills host Luton Town in the first game of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night, after a memorable week both in league and cup competition. 

Justin Edinburgh's side came back from behind to win twice in the space of four days, knocking Premier League Watford out of the EFL Cup, before scoring a 93rd-minute winner at Shrewsbury on Saturday. 

Gillingham were drawn in Southern Group H of this competition, alongside Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and tonight's opponents.

Fans are advised to buy tickets online (click here), however pay on the day is available for the Luton clash. 

After missing out on a place in the starting XI on Saturday, manager Edinburgh confirmed that Stuart Nelson will start the match on Tuesday. 

"I've got two top-class 'keepers here now and competition for places is what we need,” he said. “We have that throughout the whole team now, and once we start getting the injured players back then we can continue to get better.”

Speaking about the competition's new format of a group stage, the Gills manager added: "We'll approach it in the right way. We will rest some players and bring some in that need minutes and game time."

Edinburgh also confirmed that Ryan Jackson could be back for the Checkatrade Trophy tie, as well as summer signing Jamie O'Hara, who impressed coming on as a second-half substitute against Swindon Town earlier this month. 

Luton sit second in League Two after winning three out of the opening five games. The Hatters also had a memorable EFL Cup tie, knocking out Championship side Aston Villa in the first round at Kenilworth Road. 

Cameron McGeehan is Luton's danger man, with four goals and two assists already this season. Striker Jack Marriott and midfielder Olly Lee return to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium after both having loan spells at the Kent club, although the former only made one appearance for the Gills.

The teams met in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last October, with the Gills coming back to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Bradley Dack an Max Ehmer. 

The teams have met 59 times in total, with the Gills winning 18, drawing 13 and losing 28.

Gillingham win – 19/20
Draw - 5/2
Luton win– 5/2 

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet

GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 7.20pm with Ronan Sully and Peter Lloyd. To subscribe, click here.

The GillsWall will have interactive text commentary of the match, and the club’s social media channels will be bringing you live updates throughout the day.

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