Back to league matters at the Bescot as Gills look to record a third straight win.
WALSALL V GILLINGHAM
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday August 18
Elliott List (shoulder) and Josh Rees (ankle) are recovering well but this game has come too soon for them both. Alex Lacey and Callum Reilly are available for selection but Conor Wilkinson remains a doubt.
Dean Parrett (hamstring) will be out of action for at least another ten days.
As for Walsall, manager Dean Keates admitted he has selection headaches with a number of players impressing midweek in the Carabao Cup. Andy Cook and Morgan Ferrier are likely to start up front though.
Steve Lovell – “They’ve had a decent start, and they’ll be full of confidence so we’ve got to go there prepared, ready for a battle and as long as we play the way we have done the first three games then I’m sure we’ll get something out of the game.”
Dean Keates - “We’ve watched their last few games and it’ll be a massive, massive test for us.
“They’ve made a perfect start [in the league] and were unlucky the other night down at Millwall.
“They commit bodies forward and you can see how they’ve won games."
The clubs last met on February 17 2018 at The Medway Priestfield Stadium, when Gills had to settle for a point in a 0-0 draw against The Saddlers. The reverse fixture that season resulted in Steve Lovell’s men winning 1-0 thanks to a first-half effort from Conor Wilkinson.
Max Ehmer was sent off midway through the second period but Gills hung on for all three points.
In total the sides have met on 114 occasions. Gillingham edge the statistics with 47 wins to 43.
Walsall win – 13/10
Draw – 9/4
Gills win – 21/10
Special Bet: Brandon Hanlan to score first and Gills win 2-1 – 55/1.
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Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Stephen Wade and Alix Pashley
Fourth Official: Rob Smith
SAT NAV: WS1 4SA