Preview: Gillingham v Bristol Rovers

Get the latest as Gills prepare for the visit of Bristol Rovers.


MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Sky Bet League 1

Saturday December 16

Kick-Off, 3pm

Team News:

Bradley Garmston (hamstring) and Conor Wilkinson (knee) could both feature against Rovers after overcoming respective injuries. Alex Lacey (ankle) is back to full fitness but Billy Bingham (leg) remains a long-term absentee.

As for Rovers they have no fresh injury concerns but Ollie Clarke and Chris Lines are pushing for a starting place.

Manager Comments:

Steve Lovell – “Some teams will come to us and put men behind the ball. We will start the game in a certain way and change things if it's not right.

“It’s a game we are looking forward to, we have competition for places and hopefully we can clinch all three points.”

Darrell Clarke – “Let’s hope we can put on a show; there will be a few fans going across. For me, it will be a tough game and everything goes out of the window come Saturday at three o’clock.”

Previous Meetings:

The clubs last met at MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Good Friday (April 14) when two late Cody McDonald goals gave the Gills a crucial victory in their quest to avoid relegation.

Josh Wright had put the hosts 1-0 up but Billy Bodin equalised nine minutes later to swing the momentum in Rovers’ favour. However McDonald sealed all three points with a stoppage time brace.

In total the two teams have met on 103 occasions. Rovers have won 45 games with Gillingham clinching 39 victories.


Gills win – 9/4

Draw – 5/2

Bristol Rovers win – 11/10

Special: Sean Clare to score first in a 2-1 Gillingham win = 110/1.

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Referee - Antony Coggins

Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Kidd

Assistant Referee 2 - Joe Simpson

Fourth Official - Matt Eva