Jordan Graham pushing for a start as Gills prepare to lock horns with Bristol Rovers at ME7.
Gillingham v Bristol Rovers
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Sky Bet League One
Saturday February 20
Steve Evans will have to assess a couple of knocks ahead of the game. Stuart O’Keefe could return to the starting 11 having been rested against Peterborough in midweek. Jordan Graham is pushing for a start with Alex MacDonald also looking to make the XI.
Bristol Rovers interim-manager Tommy Widdrington believes that former Gills captain, Max Ehmer, could feature although he requires surgery on a shoulder injury.
Sam Nicholson is also a doubt for the game as his hip issues have resurfaced. He is likely to try and play through the injury if available to play.
Paul Raynor - "We have done our homework; there is some real strength in their squad, we are wary of the qualities they've got.
"It's a pivotal couple of weeks. We want to be looking up with an eye on the play-offs.”
Kyle Dempsey - “We’re going into the game knowing that it will be a tough battle and we’ve just got to focus on our own game plan and implement our style of play. Hopefully it takes care of business.”
Tommy Widdrington- “It’s never an easy task going up against Steve. He’s a proper football man. No matter what people say about him, he wants to do the best he possibly can for the team he fronts up.”
02/12/2020 - Bristol Rovers 0-2 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One
17/09/2019 - Bristol Rovers 1-1 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One
12/03/2019 - Gillingham 0-1 Bristol Rovers - Sky Bet League One
27/11/2018 - Bristol Rovers 1-2 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One
28/04/2018 - Bristol Rovers 1-1 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One
The last meeting between the two sides came earlier this season. A Vadaine Oliver brace was enough to secure all three points for Gillingham in a 2-0 win.
Gillingham’s last win at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium over The Gas came in December 2017. Mark Byrne’s incredible volley stole the show in what was a dominant 4-1 victory. Byrne scored a brace on the day with Alex Lacey and Josh Parker also getting on the scoresheet.
Bristol Rovers lead the head-to-head with 46 wins to the Gills 42. There have been 21 draws in this fixture.
Gillingham win - 21/20
Draw - 5/2
Bristol Rovers - 23/10
Special Bet: Olly Lee to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0- 50/1.
Referee: James Oldham
Assistants: Damith Bandara and Conor Farrell
Fourth Official: Lee Swabey
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