Preview | Bristol Rovers v Gillingham

Steve Lovell's men travel to Bristol to try and finish their away league campaign with maximum points.






Team News:

Gillingham will have defender Gabriel Zakuani back in the squad having missed the defeat to Blackpool with a head injury.

Captain Lee Martin will be hoping to fit having suffered with a chest infection before the Blackpool game, and earlier in the week.

Lee Brown will play a part in the game as he is set to leave Rovers after seven years at the club.

The Pirates will be without the trio of Dan Leadbitter, Stuart Sinclair and Joe Partington as all they continue to recover from long term injuries.

Manager Comments:

Steve Lovell - “All I am concentrating on is putting out a team that is going to perform on Saturday, to roll up their sleeves and give everything for the cause and for the club because that is what is needed.

“It is a massive couple of weeks coming up for us. Two wins from the next two games would be a nice way to finish off the season and would some way to putting right what has gone wrong in the last three or four weeks.”

Marcus Stewart (Assistant Manager) - “They’re still not mathematically out of trouble so they’ll be coming here looking for that final win that they need to go into that last game under little pressure.

“We performed well on Tuesday and we have to take that performance into Saturday’s game against Gillingham. We have no problem psychologically getting ourselves up for them sort of games against Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham but we’re trying to finish the season on a high which generally puts you into next season.”

Previous Meetings:

Gillingham defeated Rovers 4-1 earlier in the season; they were helped to the victory thanks to a Mark Byrne brace which included a stunning volley from a corner.



When the Gills last visited the Memorial Stadium they came away empty handed. Two goals in the last ten minutes from Chris Lines and Ellis Harrison completed a dramatic turnaround for Rovers as they won 2-1.

The last time Gillingham won away from home against Bristol Rovers was in 2013 as goals from Chris Whelpdale and Deon Burton helped Martin Allen’s side to a 2-0 victory.


Bristol Rovers win - 23/20

Draw - 12/5

Gillingham win - 23/10

Special Bet: Gabriel Zakuani to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0- 325/1.

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Match Officials:

Referee - Ollie Yates

Assistant Referee 1 - John Farries

Assistant Referee 2 - Andrew Laver

Fourth Official - Ravel Cheosiaua