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SOUTHEND VS GILLS: MATCH PREVIEW

8 August 2016



EFL Cup
Roots Hall
Tuesday, August 9
7.45pm kick-off

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistants: David Avent and Ian Cooper
Fourth Official: Rob Smith

Justin Edinburgh’s team travel to Essex for the second time in four days on Tuesday, when the Gills face Southend United in the EFL Cup. 

The two sides met on Saturday in the Sky Bet League One curtain-raiser, as the Gills came from behind to win 3-1, thanks to goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Max Ehmer and Emmanuel Osadebe. 

TEAM NEWS
Bradley Garmston, Scott Wagstaff, Aaron Morris and Lee Martin remain on the sidelines for the Gills. 

New addition Josh Pask is in contention to feature in the squad, after signing on a season-long loan from West Ham on Tuesday.

Edinburgh is likely to make changes for the clash at Roots Hall, with many of the squad having impressed in pre-season.

He said: “Tuesday should be interesting. It’s quite bizarre, really, to play Southend twice in a short space of time. I’m sure Phil [Brown, Southend manager] will make a few changes and so will we. We have to be cautious, and we will look to utilise the squad.

“We will digest and analyse the game [on Saturday], and hopefully find some weaknesses and opportunities we can work on.”

LAST TIME WE MET
You would only have to go back to Saturday for the last time the two clubs played each other. 

Stephen McLaughlin opened the scoring for the Shrimpers, before the Gills staged a memorable comeback thanks to goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Max Ehmer and Emmanuel Osadebe. Highlights can be watched here

The teams have met 109 times in total, with the Gills winning 43, drawing 28 and losing 38.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Southend win – 7/5
Draw – 12/5
Gillingham win– 19/10

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.

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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