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Preview | Gillingham v Leicester City

The BBC cameras are in position as Gills prepare to take on Leicester in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

6 January 2023

Former Premier League Champions and FA Cup winners, Leicester City, visit Priestfield on Saturday in the third round of the FA Cup.

Gillingham v Leicester City

MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Emirates FA Cup

Saturday January 7th

Kick-Off, 12.30pm

Team News:

Glenn Morris will be unavailable due to his loan spell ending after the Stevenage game. Tom Nichols is cup-tied, meaning he will likely make his debut against Hartlepool next Saturday.

Elkan Baggott is a doubt for the game, as he had to pull out of the Stevenage defeat during the warm-ups. Lewis Walker and Ben Reeves will both miss the game due to injury. 


James Maddison will likely miss the game as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. Boubakary Soumare and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall are both unlikely to feature after they picked up knocks during Leicester’s defeat to Fulham.

Patson Daka and Dennis Praet trained outside this week, so they have an outside chance of being involved in the matchday squad.


Manager Comments:

Neil Harris - "We know Saturday is an extremely tough challenge but we will give it our best shot. "We have to contain but also find a way to be a threat."


Brendan Rodgers - "We want to go as far as we can, I’ve always said here that we want to win every cup competition that we’re in. We arrive into the game against Gillingham on Saturday; and in cup competitions they’ve made it very difficult for Premier League teams."


Previous Meetings:

Saturday will be the second time that the two clubs have played one another in a cup competition. The first came during the 1963/64 season, as Gills travelled to Leicester in the Fourth Round of the League Cup. The Foxes came out on top on the day as Gillingham were beaten 3-1 in the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

Leicester were 2-0 up inside 23 minutes thanks to goals from Ken Keyworth and Frank McLintock. Gills managed to keep it at 2-0 until the break, but they conceded a third just five minutes into the second half as Billy Hodgson found the back of the net. George Francis pulled a goal back on the hour, but it proved to only be a consolation as Gillingham’s first visit to Filbert Street ended in defeat.


Ticket Information:

Only single seats remain!

The turnstiles will open at 10.30am on Saturday. Please leave plenty of time to get into the ground as queues will expected due to attendance being a full capacity.



Gillingham win - 16/1

Draw - 6/1

Leicester City win - 1/6

Special Bet: Hakeeb Adelakun to score and Gillingham to win 1-0 - 325/1.


Match Officials:

Referee - Samuel Barrott

Assistants - Adam Nunn & Daniel Leach

Fourth Official - Carl Brook


How to Watch:

Saturday’s game will be shown live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer with live television coverage beginning at 12.15 pm. The game will be broadcasted internationally, so check your local television listings if you are watching from abroad.

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