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GILLINGHAM VS BRADFORD: MATCH PREVIEW

9 September 2016

The Gills host Bradford in Sky Bet League One on Saturday

Sky Bet League One 
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Saturday, September 10
3pm kick-off 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Richard West and David Bryan 
Fourth Official: John Busby  

The Gills welcome Bradford City to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium in Sky Bet League One on Saturday, knowing that a win will see them leapfrog their opponents in the league table. 

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

TEAM NEWS
Earlier in the week, Justin Edinburgh confirmed that Scott Wagstaff is back in contention to feature on Saturday after two weeks of training with the squad. 

Bradley Dack didn’t train this week and still isn’t 100 per cent fit, but still may feature in the squad for the visit of Bradford. 

When asked if Jamie O’Hara is ready to deputise in the number 10 role in place of Dack, Edinburgh said:  “Yes, he is. He’s getting minutes all the time, so that’s pleasing. We’re getting him up to speed as we go along.”

Bradley Garmston spent last week at The FA’s national football centre at St. George’s Park as part of his rehabilitation programme, and the Gills manager is pleased with how the squad is recovering after multiple injuries in the early stages of the season. 

“It’s progressing all the time on the injury front, but it will be more pleasing once we have everyone back into the fold,” he said. 

Billy Knott is in contention to start against his former club, after the midfielder swapped Yorkshire for Kent in the summer.

THE OPPOSITION
Stuart McCall’s Bantams are unbeaten in their first six league games – their best start since 1979- and sit second in the Sky Bet League One table. 

New signings Marc McNulty and Haris Vuckic are both in contention to get their first game time for the club against the Gills, plus James Hanson and Tony McMahon could be back in the squad after returning from injury to train this week.

Star man and West Ham loanee Josh Cullen was away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21s last week and could line up against former team-mate and the Gills’ very own future West Ham star, Josh Pask.

LAST TIME WE MET
The last time the teams met at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium was the first match in 2016, when the Gills claimed a convincing 3-0 victory. You can watch the highlights below:


The teams have met 47 times in total, with the Gills winning 22, drawing 13 and losing 12.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Gillingham win – 7/4
Draw - 12/5
Sheffield Utd win– 6/4 

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet

MATCH COVERAGE 
GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 2.50pm 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 you live updates throughout the day. 

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