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Preview | Gillingham v Plymouth Argyle

Gills set to lock horns with Plymouth Argyle with League 1 safety potentially up for grabs.

18 April 2019

Leo Lopes back for huge game at Priestfield.


The Medway Priestfield Stadium

Sky Bet League 1

Friday April 19

Kick-off, 3pm

Team News:

Midfielder Callum Reilly remains on the sidelines with a persistent muscle strain. On-loan winger Ricky Holmes is still not ready and is unlikely to feature this season but Alex Lacey (ankle) is fit again if required and Leo Lopes is available following illness.

Regan Charles-Cook is also fit for selection.

As for Plymouth, Jamie Ness (calf) is unlikely to feature, while Joe Riley is out for the rest of the season after breaking his arm at Blackpool at the end of March.

Conor Grant and Joel Grant are also long-term absentees.


Manager Comments:

Steve Lovell – “Plymouth are a dangerous team with players who can win games. We need to be a step ahead.

“The home form has bothered me because we’re not getting the results we should get and that’s the way it’s gone this year.  It would be lovely to finish off and give them [the fans] something to shout about because they deserve it.”

Derek Adams -  “I don’t care at this stage in the season how we play, it’s about how we pick up the points we require. It’s about winning the games and finishing on a good points total.”


Previous Meetings:

The reverse fixture this season saw the Gills slip to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Home Park with Freddie Ladapo scoring twice in the first half. Luke O’Neill pulled one back midway through the second half but Steve Lovell’s side were well beaten.

Previous to this the teams met on the last day of the 2017/18 season at Priestfield where the Gills took home maximum points with a convincing 5-2 victory. Tom Eaves netted a hat-trick with Josh Parker and Elliott List also on target.   

The reverse fixture saw Plymouth win 2-1 in Devon with Tom Eaves denied a goal in the first-half when the ball had appeared to cross the line.

In total the two teams have met 78 times, with Plymouth taking a small lead with 33 wins to Gills 29.



Gills win – 7/5

Draw – 23/10

Plymouth Argyle win – 9/5


Special Bet: Brandon Hanlan to score first in a 3-2 Gills victory -100/1.

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Referee - Antony Coggins

Assistant Referee 1 – Christopher Kidd

Assistant Referee 2 - Carl Fitch-Jackson

Fourth Official - Michael Webb

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