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Preview | Fleetwood Town v Gillingham

Gills make the long journey north to take on Simon Grayson's Fleetwood side at Highbury.

8 March 2021

Gills prepare to take on Fleetwood, their first of three successive away fixtures.

Fleetwood Town v Gillingham

Sky Bet League One

Highbury Stadium

Tuesday March 9

Kick-Off, 7.45pm


Team News:

Steve Evans is likely to name an unchanged starting 11 for the third successive game following Saturday’s impressive win over Ipswich.

Vadaine Oliver is a man in form and is set to continue up front, supported by Olly Lee, Jordan Graham and Tom O'Connor.

Simon Grayson is unlikely to make changes too after picking up seven points in their last three games.

However, the Fleetwood boss alluded to the strength his bench possesses and the likes of Janoi Donacien, Sam Finley and Paddy Madden could all slot in if needed.


Manager Comments:

Steve Evans - “Fleetwood are in great form under Simon Grayson.

“They won easily at Shrewsbury on Saturday and easily at Lincoln last week, so that clearly shows the size of our task.

“Full of top players assembled at a big cost will, as I said, be tough for us but we must continue to focus on ourselves and that means being fully prepared as an individual and a team.”

Simon Grayson - “We rest up now ready for a physical challenge against Gillingham on Tuesday, but also hoping to build on some good results.

“We’ve taken seven points in the past week and if we’d scored a penalty against Accrington it could have been three wins on the bounce.”


Previous Meetings:

24/10/2020 - Gillingham 0-2 Fleetwood Town - Sky Bet League One

14/12/2019 - Fleetwood Town 1-1 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

02/03/2019 - Fleetwood Town 1-1 Gillingham - Sky Bet League One

03/11/2018 - Gillingham 3-0 Fleetwood Town - Sky Bet League One

27/01/2018 - Gillingham 2-1 Fleetwood Town - Sky Bet League One

The last meeting at Highbury was in December 2019. A late Alex Jakubiak goal rescued a point for Gills after Paddy Madden had given the hosts the lead.

Gillingham’s last win at Fleetwood came in December 2017. Goals in the opening 15 minutes by Josh Parker and Luke O’Neill ensured Steve Lovell’s men secured an early Christmas present.


Fleetwood lead the head-to-head with six wins to Gillingham’s four. There have also been four draws between the sides.



Fleetwood Town win - 23/20

Draw - 23/10

Gillingham win - 11/5

Special Bet: Vadaine Oliver to score first and Gillingham to win 2-0- 55/1.


Match Officials:

Referee: Marc Edwards

Assistants: David Avent and Joe Simpson

Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse



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