Shaun Williams and Stuart O'Keefe are both pushing for starts as Swindon visit ME7 in Sky Bet League 2.
Gillingham v Swindon Town
Sky Bet League Two
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Saturday September 3rd
Glenn Morris should start in goal after Jake Turner played in the Papa John’s Trophy defeat to Charlton during the week. Haji Mnoga, who joined on loan from Portsmouth on deadline day, could be involved in the matchday squad.
Robbie McKenzie is unlikely to feature after re-signing with the club on deadline day. Stuart O’Keefe will return after being rested in midweek.
Marcel Lavinier, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Conor Brann could all be involved in the Swindon squad, having signed on deadline day.
Harry McKirdy will not be available after signing for Hibernian on deadline day, but Luke Jephcott may play a role after signing on loan from Plymouth.
Neil Harris - "I understand the importance of tomorrow's game and I've explained that to the players.
"Swindon are a really good Football team, they get a lot of bodies around the ball.
"It's another challenge."
Scott Lindsey - “They get a lot of bodies behind the ball. We will have to be inventive and patient at times. We will have to be inventive in the way that we play and pick our moments to attack them.”
The last meeting between the two clubs at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium came in December 2020. Vadaine Oliver gave Gillingham the lead in the 17th minute as he got on the end of John Akinde’s flick-on before finding the top corner from just inside the penalty area.
Trae Coyle doubled the lead with ten minutes remaining. Dominic Samuel found the loanee in acres of space on the left wing, and he made his way towards the box before calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
A memorable home win against Swindon came in January 2014. Leon Legge gave Gillingham the lead after he met Joe Martin’s free-kick with a thumping header, which found the bottom corner. Martin was the provider again for the second goal as Michael Harriman scored in the 83rd minute. Martin got down the byline inside the box before cutting it back for Harriman to pass the ball into the back of the net.
Tickets for Saturday’s fixture will be available to purchase up until kick-off.
Gillingham win - 8/5
Draw - 11/5
Swindon Town win - 13/8
Special Bet: Mikael Mandron to score and Gillingham to win 1-0 - 30/1.
Referee - Martin Woods
Assistants - Joseph Stokes and Kevin Howick
Fourth Official - Daniel Bonneywell