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Preview | Gillingham v Blackpool

Steve Evans' men go in search of first home league win of the season.

25 September 2020

Match Previews

Preview | Gillingham v Blackpool

Steve Evans' men go in search of first home league win of the season.

25 September 2020

Jack Bonham hoping to be fit for Blackpool visit.

Gillingham v Blackpool

Sky Bet League One

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Saturday September 26

Kick-Off, 3pm

Team News:

Steve Evans is expected to once again rotate his squad after Wednesday’s defeat to Stoke City in the Carabao Cup. Ryan Jackson, Jack Tucker, Jacob Mellis, Josh Eccles and Vadaine Oliver may all start having not made the starting 11 for the game at the bet365.

Jack Bonham is hopeful of returning in goal having missed Wednesday’s game with a back problem, and new signing Dominic Samuel will be in the matchday squad having not been registered in time to play midweek. 

Blackpool’s new signing Luke Garbutt will not be available for Saturday’s game at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium. 

Neil Critchley is hopeful that Sullay Kaikai and James Husband will be available, whilst Matty Virtue will continue to be assessed until the morning of the game. 


Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - "We went to Wigan and got a positive result and that will be the goal against Blackpool.

"They have spent good money; they have very good players and we are respectful to what they have, but we will be decent aswell."

Neil Critchley - “It will be a tough game at their place because they’re always tough to beat at Gillingham, and they’ll be wanting to have a successful season.

"You know what you’re getting when you play a Steve Evans team, so we need to bring certain things to the table to ensure that we get something from the game."


Previous Meetings:

11/02/2020 - Blackpool 2-3 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

20/08/2019 - Gillingham 2-2 Blackpool - Sky Bet League One

04/05/2019 - Blackpool 0-3 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

06/11/2018 - Gillingham 0-1 Blackpool - Sky Bet League One

21/04/2018 - Gillingham 0-3 Blackpool - Sky Bet League One

The last time the sides met was a memorable one as the Gills snatched all three points in the dying seconds at Bloomfield Road. John Akinde and Regan Charles-Cook had put the visitors 2-1 up, only for Blackpool to equalise in the second minute of stoppage time.

However, Tom O'Connor's late corner was headed home by Brandon Hanlan to ensure Steve Evans' men took maximum points. 

The last meeting at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium was a high scoring affair as an Alex Jakubiak brace put the Gills 2-0 up, only for Blackpool to net twice before the interval. The game ended 2-2.

Blackpool lead the head-to-head with 15 wins in all competitions to 12, and there have been 14 draws.



Gillingham win - 21/10

Draw - 9/4

Blackpool win - 5/4

Special bet: Dominic Samuel to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0 - 60/1.


Match Officials:

Referee: Lee Swabey

Assistants: Christopher Wade and Gregory Read

Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter



Gills season ticket holders can watch the game completely free of charge using their one-off streaming code, which should have come over via post or email.

If it hasn't, then click here.

If you are not a season ticket holder then you can watch the game for a one off fee of £10!

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