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Preview | Gillingham v Arsenal U21

Steve Evans set to make several changes for the Gills final group stage fixture in the Papa John's Trophy.

10 November 2020

On-loan Arsenal duo could feature against their parent clubs.

Gillingham v Arsenal Under 21s

Papa John's Trophy Group Stage

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Tuesday November 10

Kick-Off, 5.30pm

 

Team News:

Manager Steve Evans has confirmed that both Trae Coyle and Zech Medley will be available for selection against their parent club.

The Gaffer also confirmed that multiple changes will be made for Tuesday’s game meaning the likes of Joe Walsh, Matty Willock, Christian Maghoma, Henry Woods and Josh Eccles could all start, with Scott Robertson also in contention. 

Arsenal Under 21’s will likely field a similar side to the one that beat Crawley Town in their last outing, meaning the likes of Jordan McEneff, Tim Akinola, Miguel Azeez, Joel Lopez and Arthur Okonkwo may start.

 

Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - "As I said after our match on Saturday we will make a number of changes to the starting team but we hope it is strong enough to compete with what we believe will be a stronger than normal Arsenal team.

"I spoke with the group on Friday and said I wanted every player in our squad to play in either game [Woking and Arsenal], and we will do that.

"I have no interest in the competition but it is a wonderful chance for those starting to grab a starting shirt for when we host Charlton on Saturday week."

Previous Meetings:

This will be the first competitive meeting against Arsenal's U21's. However, the Gills famously took on the first-team in the FA Cup fifth round in February 2002. Gills came from behind twice at Highbury to level the game at 2-2, but the introduction of Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Gilles Grimandi gave the hosts an injection of quality, and they scored three times without reply to win the tie.

Prior to that the clubs hadn't met since 1966, when it took two replays for Arsenal to overcome Gillingham in the League Cup.

Odds:

Gillingham win - 8/15

Draw - 14/5

Arsenal Under 21’s win - 15/4

Special Bet: Gillingham to win 3-1 - 10/1.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Will Finnie

Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and Samuel Ogles

Fourth Official: Gregory Read

 

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