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12 December 2016

The Gills travel to Bolton Wanderers in Sky Bet League One on Monday, December 12, 8pm kick-off

The Gills travel to Bolton Wanderers in Sky Bet League One on Monday, December 12, 8pm kick-off.

Sky Bet League One 
Macron Stadium
Monday, December 12
8pm kick-off 

Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistants: Philip Dermott and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Mark Haywood

Off the back of a strong November, in which the Gills won three out of four league games, Justin Edinburgh’s team return to action when they take on Bolton Wanderers on Monday evening.

This game is the third Gills match of the season to be shown live across the UK, with Sky Sports beaming all the action from the north west to homes up and down the country.

Tickets are still available for this match, the Gills’ first of three away games in December, and supporters can buy theirs buy clicking here. To date, we have sold over 150 for this fixture – thank you for your support!

Gills manager Justin Edinburgh is hopeful that he can pick arguably his strongest squad of the season to travel to Greater Manchester on Monday, with only Bradley Garmston and Billy Knott likely to miss out from the club’s list of short-term absentees.

“Billy Knott picked up a hamstring injury against Rochdale, but it’s improving and he’s out on the grass with the physio, building up his fitness,” said Edinburgh. “We’re hopeful that he may be available.

“Frank Nouble is up to speed now, and Chris Herd has followed his own programme to help him [get fully fit after a ankle injury sustained earlier in November]. We think goalkeeper Jonathan Bond will come back at the end of the week [following a groin injury] and Ryan Jackson is training again. 

“It’s now easier to remember who’s injured [compared to the start of the season], when we had a list [of injuries] as long as my arm. It’s looking good and we want that competition for places.”

Relegated from the Championship last season, Bolton go into this weekend’s round of games just four points off long-time leaders Scunthorpe United.

Phil Parkinson’s team have won eight of their last nine Sky Bet League One fixtures, with their only defeat in that time away to Peterborough United (1-0) on November 13.

Parkinson’s side have claimed six wins and three draws from their 10 home league games to date this season, and last week beat Sheffield United at the Macron Stadium to progress into the third round of the FA Cup.

October 2003’s League Cup meeting – held when Bolton were in the Premier League and the Gills one division below – remains the last fixture between the sides. Played in front of a crowd of just 5,258, goals from Stylianos Giannakopoulous and Henrik Pedersen gave the hosts a 2-0 victory.

The last two league meetings (October 2000 at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium and March 2001 at the then Reebok Stadium) ended in 2-2 and 3-3 draws respectively. The teams have met 15 times in total, with the Gills winning six, drawing two and losing seven.

Bolton win – 7/10
Draw – 14/5
Gills win – 19/5

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet.

GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 8pm with Ben Watts 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 supporters live updates throughout the day.

Sky Sports 1 has live coverage of this fixture, with their broadcast beginning at 7.45pm.

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