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GILLINGHAM VS SHEFFIELD UTD: MATCH PREVIEW

2 September 2016

The Gills face the Blades on Sunday in Sky Bet League One

Sky Bet League One 
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Sunday, September 4
2.15pm kick-off 

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistants: Thomas Ramsey and Dean Treleaven 
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer 

The Gills take on Sheffield United on Sunday in Sky Bet League One, looking to continue their great start to the season. 

Tickets are still available for the game - our first Kids 4 A Quid match of the season - and Gills fans are advised to book by visiting the GFC Ticket Office online to avoid disappointment.

TEAM NEWS
Scott Wagstaff is back in training, however the winger will not be available for the game on Sunday. Ryan Jackson and Jamie O'Hara, however, are in contention to be included in the matchday squad. 

Manager Justin Edinburgh made six changes for the game against Luton in midweek, with Mitch Dickenson, Darren Oldaker and Elliott List making their full senior debuts for the club. Even though the Gills lost, Edinburgh was pleased for the youngsters. 

"They didn't give up trying," he said. It's disappointing [to lose], but I'm also pleased for the young players that have got a lot of minutes under their belts."

THE OPPOSITION
Caolan Lavery crossed the Steel City's footballing divide last week when he made the move to Bramall Lane from bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday. The forward has played for several clubs in the past, including the Owls and a loan at Chesterfield, but has told fans he is committed to the United cause. 

"It’s taken a bit of time to get sorted but now everything is done," he said. "I’m just looking forward to getting out there on the pitch.”

The Blades come into that match sitting just one place above the relegation zone after a dismal start to the League one campaign. where they have lost three times already to Millwall, Southend and Bolton.

LAST TIME WE MET
It ended 0-0 at Bramall Lane back in April, but it was far from a bore-draw. Both teams had chances to win the game, but neither could find a way past the two goalkeepers and the woodwork. Bradley Dack made a long-awaited comeback, Jake Hessenthaler lost his front tooth and Max Ehmer made a last-ditch tackle to ensure the Gills went back to Kent with a point. 

The last time the teams met at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium was on the opening day of the 2015/16 season, when the Gills claimed a convincing 4-0 victory. 

The teams have met 29 times in total, with the Gills winning 10, drawing seven and losing nine.

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

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet. 

MATCH COVERAGE 
GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 2.10pm 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. 

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