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Preview | Gillingham v Southend

Gills go in search of back-to-back league wins.

12 October 2018

Match Previews

Preview | Gillingham v Southend

Gills go in search of back-to-back league wins.

12 October 2018

Connor Ogilvie returns for Steve Lovell's side, but Brandon Hanlan and Josh Parker miss out.


The Medway Priestfield Stadium

Sky Bet League 1

Saturday October 13

Kick-off, 3pm

Team News:

Regan Charles-Cook (ankle), Billy Bingham (ankle) and Brandon Hanlan (hamstring) are all missing for Saturday’s game. Charles-Cook and Bingham are expected to return for the trip to Doncaster but Hanlan is set to be out for the next four weeks after limping off during Tuesday's defeat to Tottenham.

Liam Nash has returned from his loan spell at Dulwich Hamlet and is available for selection. Josh Parker is away on international duty with Antigua & Barbuda while Finn O'Mara left Gills to join Folkestone late on Friday.

As for Southend, Jason Demetriou and Harry Kyprianou are both away on international duty with Cyprus.

Defender John White (hamstring) and forward Tom Hopper (ankle) both picked up injuries during last weekend's goalless draw against Oxford and will be assessed along with winger Harry Bunn (foot).

Centre-back Harry Lennon (fractured toe) is close to making a comeback but fellow defender Rob Kiernan (knee) remains sidelined.


Manager Comments:

Steve Lovell – "I think we both like to go forward and attack and hopefully it’ll be a good game for the supporters and we can come out on top.

“I know Chris very well from my Charlton days and I know what team he puts out and they’ll be well organised and well drilled.”


Chris Powell - “You just have to be prepared and focus on what you’re good at because they’re all difficult games and this one is no different.

“We’re going there with momentum behind us and if we go there and make it 13 points from 15 then you’re talking about staying where we are and aiming higher."


Previous Meetings:

The clubs last met at Roots Hall on Easter Monday when Southend completed a convincing 4-0 win in Essex, all goals scored before half-time in a fixture which also saw Lee Martin sent off.

The reverse fixture at Priestfield produced an entertaining 3-3 draw with Tom Eaves netting a hat-trick.

In total the two sides have met on 113 occasions; Gills enjoy the better of the head-to-head statistics with 46 wins to 37.



Gills win – 21/10

Draw – 12/5

Southend win – 5/4

Special Bet: Tom Eaves to score first in a 2-0 Gills win – 55/1.



You can watch live coverage of Saturday’s game on iFollow due to the fact this fixture falls on an international weekend.

Our colleagues at BBC Radio Kent will be on hand to guide you through the action courtesy of Peter Lloyd and Ben Watts.

The various packages available can be seen here.



Referee - John Busby

Assistant Referee 1 - Carl Fitch-Jackson

Assistant Referee 2 - David Avent

Fourth Official - Alan Young

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