Neil Harris could name an unchanged XI for the visit of AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Gillingham v AFC Wimbledon
Sky Bet League Two
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Saturday February 25th
Lewis Walker and Ben Reeves remain out with their season-ending injuries, while Scott Kashket will continue his recovery from his abductor issue. Neil Harris could name the same starting XI that beat Rochdale in the club’s last league game.
Johnnie Jackson will need to make a late decision on whether Alex Pearce will be available for the game. The defender, who was forced off in The Wombles’ 2-2 draw at Hartlepool, has not trained all week. Aaron Pierre replaced Pearce in that game and is in line to start in his place.
Will Nightingale played in a behind-closed-doors friendly during the week and is in line to be involved in the matchday squad for the first time since September. Huseyin Biler remains out with a hamstring injury.
Neil Harris - "At the moment I see a group of lads who are hungry and have a desire to win games of Football.
"We are in a good place at the moment. Everybody is fighting for their shirt."
Johnnie Jackson - “It’s hard to get the balance between being as solid as what we are and scoring goals at the other end, which is what we’re trying to do.
“We just need to keep working and it will come. But it has to come from a solid, defensive foundation, which is what we have got.”
The last fixture between the two clubs at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium ended goalless. Max Ehmer saw his first-time effort from a corner well saved by the feet of Nik Tzanev. Vadaine Oliver had the best chance of the game for the Gills as his header from Ben Thompson’s cross bounced just wide of the post.
The teams last met in the First Round of this season's Carabao Cup at Plough Lane. The Gills were victorious on the night thanks to late goals from Mikael Mandron and Jordan Green.
Gillingham win - 13/10
Draw - 2/1
AFC Wimbledon win - 11/5
Special Bet: George Lapslie to score first and Gillingham to win 2-1 - 66/1.
Referee - Neil Hair
Assistants - Jacob Lehane and Ryan Whitaker
Fourth Official - Adrian Tranter