Strong crowd expected as Charlton Athletic make the short trip down the A2 to ME7.
GILLINGHAM V CHARLTON AHTLETIC
The Medway Priestfield Stadium
Sky Bet League 1
Saturday April 27
Midfielder Callum Reilly (muscle strain) continues to sit out but should be fit for the club’s final game of the season at Blackpool next week; however Ricky Holmes (back) definitely won’t be available before the campaign comes to a close. Billy Bingham is back in full training and in contention for a place.
Charlton could be without Lyle Taylor (groin), while Patrick Bauer and Jonny Williams have minor knee issues. Krystian Bielik is also doubtful with a shoulder injury.
However, there could be opportunity for Jake Forster-Caskey and Lewis Page as they continue their returns from injury.
Steve Lovell – “I want us to go out on Saturday and give our supporters something to cheer about for our last home game of the season and give it a right good go.
“It will be a good game and one we want to go out and win obviously, it’s a local derby and will be a good atmosphere.”
Lee Bowyer - “Gillingham is a tough place to go; they’ve got players that can hurt you. I see that Regan Charles-Cook and Brandon Hanlan scored against Plymouth, two of our old players, so they’re going to be wanting to prove a point.”
The reverse fixture at the Valley in December 2018 ended in a disappointing 2-0 defeat for Gills with Ben Reeves and Tarique Fosu-Henry with the goals.
Last season Gillingham did the league double over Charlton, winning 1-0 at Priestfield prior to a 2-1 win on the road. Josh Parker and Tom Eaves were on target that day.
In total the Addicks and Gills have met on 33 previous occasions with Charlton taking the lead with 15 wins to Gillingham’s six, with the remaining 12 games ending in draws.
Gills win – 9/4
Draw – 12/5
Charlton win – 11/10
Special Bet: Elliott List to score first and Gills to win 3-2 - 160/1.
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Referee – Lee Swabey
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Brown
Assistant Referee 2 – Andrew Laver
Fourth Official – Andrew Aylott
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