Gills make the journey to Fratton Park to take on Kenny Jackett's Portsmouth.
PORTSMOUTH V GILLINGHAM
Saturday October 12, 2019
Sky Bet League 1
Steve Evans will allow Barry Fuller as much time as possible to prove his fitness ahead of the trip to Fratton Park. The full-back, who will make his 500th Football League start if picked, suffered a knock earlier this week but is keen to play.
Matty Willock (knee) is still out for a couple of weeks.
As for Portsmouth, they will be without first choice keeper Craig MacGillivray and midfielder Ross McCrorie, who are away on international duty with Scotland.
Ronan Curtis (hamstring) withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad but should be fine to play if needed.
Tom Naylor and former Gills loanee John Marquis have both recovered from knocks, with Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) all out.
Kenny Jackett – “It’s one we’re all excited about but we won’t underestimate the opposition because you have to work hard for every point.
“We’ll certainly have to be at our best on Saturday and it’s an opportunity to keep taking our season forward.
“You look at the team you’re facing, but ultimately judge yourself by your own standards and how your side is progressing.”
Steve Evans – “The Portsmouth fans are famous for creating such a special atmosphere; it’s an historic ground and we are looking forward to making a game of it.
“Players love the opportunity to play in bigger stadiums. We know we will be tested and we know we are playing against a good side who have a gifted manager. We have to be at our very best.”
The clubs last met on Boxing Day last year when Gills recorded an impressive 2-0 win over promotion chasing Pompey. Josh Parker and Callum Reilly were on target for the home side, with Gills having already won the away game by the same scoreline; Tom Eaves and Alex Lacey with the goals at Fratton Park.
In total the two sides have met on 35 occasions, of which Portsmouth have won 19. Gillingham have won nine games in all competitions.
Portsmouth win – 4/6
Draw – 11/4
Gills win – 19/5
Special Bet: Mikael Ndjoli to score any time in a Gills win = 15/2.
Referee - Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referee 1 - Christopher Wade
Assistant Referee 2 - Paul Kelly
Fourth Official - Lee Collins
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