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GILLS VS SWINDON: MATCH PREVIEW

16 August 2016


Sky Bet League One 
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Tuesday, August 16
7.45pm kick-off 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistants: Matt Foley and Mark Pottage 
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

After winning three games out of three at the start of the 2016/17 EFL season, the Gills host Swindon Town on Tuesday night hoping to keep up their 100 per cent record and remain at the summit of the Sky Bet League One table. 

Tickets are still available for this evening’s game, and Gills fans are advised to book by visiting the GFC Ticket Office online to avoid disappointment.

TEAM NEWS
Bradley Garmston and Aaron Morris, plus new signings Lee Martin and Scott Wagstaff remain on the sidelines for Justin Edinburgh’s side.

The manager is pleased with how his team have started the season, but says the focus is on the upcoming match.

“It’s a big game, and one that the fans look forward to,” he said. “We’ll dust ourselves down after the great week that we’ve had and prepare for a tough game against Swindon.”

Edinburgh confirmed that Max Ehmer is working towards being fit in time for the 7.45pm kick-off, and if all continues to go well, the defender will be available for selection. He also gave an update on last year’s top scorer, Bradley Dack. 

“Bradley [Dack] is trying to force himself into contention to play on Tuesday, but we are still monitoring the situation. Things are moving along nicely.”

THE OPPOSITION
Swindon head coach Luke Williams has injury concerns in the forward areas going into the Tuesday night clash with the Gills.

New signing Luke Norris will miss the opportunity to line up against his old side, after being on the receiving end of a crunching tackle against Chesterfield at the weekend and injuring his ankle. Swindon’s Jonathan Obika (groin) also remains on the sidelines, leaving Jermaine Hylton as the Robins’ only recognised striker.

Swindon have had a mixed start to the League One campaign, beating Coventry on the opening day of the season, before crashing to a 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield at the weekend. 

Robins’ goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux believes the match on Tuesday will be a tough test for his team.

“I played them there last year. It was 0-0 and it was probably one of the toughest games of my short career,” said the 22 year-old. 

“We will have to go there and be tough to beat like we were earlier this year when we played them away, and hopefully we can come away with three points.”

LAST TIME WE MET
The sides last met at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on a cold February afternoon and the game ended 0-0. Rory Donnelly, Josh Wright, Bradley Dack and John Egan had the best opportunities for the Gills, however couldn’t find the back of the net.

Swindon failed to score for the third game in a row in the goalless draw.

The teams have met 96 times in total, with the Gills winning 32, drawing 29 and losing 35.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Gillingham win – 17/20
Draw - 13/5
Swindon win– 3/1 

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet

MATCH COVERAGE 
GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 7.35pm with Matt Cole 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. 

TUESDAY’S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
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*Matches are 7.45pm kick-offs unless stated

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