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Preview | Gillingham v Portsmouth

Gills are back at Priestfield for the visit of Portsmouth in Sky Bet League 1.

19 October 2020

Steve Evans' men looking to bounce back following MK Dons defeat.

Gillingham v Portsmouth

Sky Bet League One

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Tuesday October 20

Kick-Off, 6.30pm

Team News:

Captain Kyle Dempsey will be hoping his late knock against MK Dons won’t force him to miss Tuesday’s visit of Portsmouth. The skipper received an impact injury to his foot/ankle in the closing stages at Stadium MK and will be assessed up until the last moment to determine his fitness.

Tom O’Connor will be available having returned from international duty, and Steve Evans is hopeful that Matty Willock will be available for selection too. Scott Robertson is also ready after playing on Saturday.

Portsmouth will be without striker Ellis Harrison for two to three weeks as he suffered a hamstring injury which means former Gills loanee John Marquis is likely to start up top.

Midfielder Ben Close made his first start of the season on Saturday and is set to keep his place in the team despite the defeat.

Manager Comments:

Steve Evans – “We have to be at our best; Kenny is a manager I respect and know well. I have the highest regard for him.

“We have to react properly. It will be extremely tough but we need to learn from Saturday.”

Kenny Jackett – “I'm happy with what I've got. We've got a really committed group, and with quality.

“You could see the quality on Saturday, but fair play to Doncaster.”

 

Previous Meetings:

01/01/2020 - Gillingham 1-1 Portsmouth - Sky Bet League One

12/10/2019 - Portsmouth 0-0 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

26/12/2018 - Gillingham 2-0 Portsmouth - Sky Bet League One

06/10/2018 - Portsmouth 0-2 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

04/09/2018 - Portsmouth 4-0 Gillingham - EFL Trophy

The last meeting between the two sides came on New Year's Day as a late Alex Jakubiak goal was enough to secure a point for the Gills. This came after Gareth Evans gave Portsmouth the lead in the first half.

The last time Gillingham beat Pompey at the MEMS Priestfield came on Boxing Day in 2018 following a 2-0 win. Josh Parker and Callum Reilly scored at the end of both halves to secure a famous league double for Steve Lovell’s side.

Portsmouth lead the head-to-head stats in all competitions with 19 wins to nine, and there have been nine draws.

 

Odds:

Gillingham win - 13/5

Draw - 5/2

Portsmouth win - 19/20

Special Bet: Scott Robertson to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0 - 170/1.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: David Rock

Assistants: Paul Kelly and Alasdair Ross

Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

 

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