Gills are back in action on Tuesday night with Wolves the destination for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Gillingham
Carabao Cup Fourth Round
Tuesday December 20th
David Tutonda could start the game at Wolves after making his return to action in Gillingham’s 3-2 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. Elkan Baggott did not join up with the Indonesia national team, so he will be available to start the game at Molineux.
Olly Lee and Callum Harriott, who were both on the bench against Dagenham, could be involved in the matchday squad.
Stuart O’Keefe and Robbie McKenzie are both currently trying to overcome knocks. They will be doubts ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie.
Jonny and Boubacar Traore are the only two real injury doubts for Wolves ahead of the fixture. Julen Lopetegui believes that the rest of his squad is ready, with players returning from the World Cup in contention to feature.
Julen Lopetegui - “I know that they have eliminated Brentford and I feel they are going to be a very dangerous team. In the cup all things can happen because it’s only one match. We have to be ready, we are alert and we know the way they play usually and we have to be ready for tomorrow."
Neil Harris - “They’re going to dominate the ball, and there’s going to be excitement around Molineux because of the new manager, so we’ve got to deal with that new manager bounce.
“Then we will have to deal with a Premier League football team and try and get a shape and organisation about us that will be as good as we did Brentford. Then try and compete.”
The last meeting between the two clubs came in January 2014, where the Gills beat the eventual League One champions. The visitors were on top for much of the game. Michael Jacobs forced Stuart Nelson into a big save as his low-driven effort was pushed away from danger by the Gills number one.
Danny Kedwell came inches away from scoring with less than ten minutes remaining. He muscled Danny Batth off the ball before trying to find the bottom corner with an outside-the-foot shot. His effort beat Aaron McCarey but not the post, as it hit the inside of the woodwork.
However, Gills would not rue the missed opportunity as they found an unlikely winner in stoppage time. Jake Hessenthaler’s corner bounced around the penalty area before sitting perfectly for Cody McDonald to thump home from six yards out, causing bedlam at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
Wolves lead the head-to-head with seven wins to Gillingham’s six, and there have also been two draws between the two clubs. However, the clubs have played one cup fixture, which came at Molineux in 2002. It was an FA Cup Third Round tie that the Gills won 1-0 thanks to Paul Shaw.
The match is an all-ticket fixture. Gills fans will need to collect their tickets, if they haven't already done so, from Wolves ticket office on the evening of the game.
We have sold just over 1250 in total for the match.
Wolverhampton Wanderers win - 1/10
Draw - 8/1
Gillingham win - 25/1
Special Bet: Gillingham to win the tie on penalties - 14/1.
Referee- Michael Salisbury
Assistants- Derek Eaton and Mark Stevens
Fourth Official- Rebecca Welch
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