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Preview | Gillingham v Plymouth Argyle

Gills to finish the 2017/18 season at home.

4 May 2018

Plymouth set to bring over 1700 fans as they look to secure unlikely play-off position.

GILLINGHAM V PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
MEMS PRIESTFIELD STADIUM
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
SATURDAY MAY 5
KICK-OFF, 5:30PM

Team News:
Manager Steve Lovell does not intend to make any wholesale changes to the starting 11 that played at Bristol Rovers last weekend.

Elliott List will be in contention to start the game having scored a stoppage time equaliser at the Memorial Stadium.

The only absentees are long-term ones with midfielders Aaron Morris (knee) and Billy Bingham (thigh) both unavailable.

Plymouth will go into Saturday’s fixture without three long term absentees. Ryan Edwards, Jamie Ness and Ryan Taylor will all be unavailable to play.

Oscar Threlkheld and Antoni Sarcevic were forced off with injury at half-time after Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Scunthorpe.

Young forward Alex Fletcher came on as a result and will be hoping to start the game as Plymouth need a big swing on goal difference to have a chance of reaching the play-offs.

Manager Comments:

Steve Lovell - “There’s one more game to go. I think it will be an open one because Plymouth need to score goals.

"We will go out, enjoy it and try to finish on a high.

“We’ve drawn a lot of games this season. It is fine lines and it has been this season.

"It’s all about consistency and we haven’t had that recently.”

Derek Adams - “The strongest team will go out on Saturday to win the game. We want to win by as many goals as we possibly can, to give us that possibility of still getting in the play-offs.

"I can’t give up if it’s mathematically possible. We’re three points behind Charlton. The goal difference is six, I believe, you never know.”

Previous Meetings:

In the reverse fixture in December Argyle defeated the Gills 2-1.

Tom Eaves produced a stunning volley to level things with six minutes to go, however Toumani Diagouraga’s stoppage time goal proved to be the winner as the game ended 2-1.



The last time Plymouth visited ME7 it ended in a 2-1 victory for the Gills. Goals from Antonio German and Chris Whelpdale put the home side 2-0 up, and although Argyle pulled one back late on they couldn't produce a second goal to seal a point.

Plymouth last won at Priestfield in February of the 1981 season.

Odds:

Gillingham win - 19/10
Draw - 23/10
Plymouth win - 7/5
Special Bet: Elliott List to score first, Gillingham to win 2-1- 50/1.

More odds and markets can be found at www.skybet.com/fl72

Match Officials:
Referee - Brendan Malone
Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Lee
Assistant Referee 2 - Daniel Cook
Fourth Official - Marc Wilson


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