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Match Preview: Gillingham v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

7 October 2017

Gillingham v Pompey

Pompey will play in front of the Sky Sports cameras for the second time this season when they visit Gillingham on Sunday.

But they will certainly be searching for a better result than the 1-0 defeat suffered at home to Rotherham last month.

For the third time in under four weeks, Kenny Jackett’s men will be facing a side that have recently changed their manager.

And fans will hope it is a case of third time lucky following losses to Northampton and, last weekend, Oldham.

Gillingham parted company with Ady Pennock 12 days ago after a terrible start to the season that has seen them register just a single League One victory.

It comes after he narrowly guided the Kent outfit to safety last term, as they finished a place and a point above the drop zone.

Director of football Peter Taylor has taken caretaker charge and overseen a draw with Scunthorpe and defeat by Blackburn, as well as Tuesday evening’s Checkatrade Trophy win at Colchester.

Pompey have not met Gillingham in a competitive fixture since they were in the Premier League and humbled by their third tier opponents in the second round of the League Cup.

But the sides did end their preparations for the 2015/16 campaign with a goalless friendly draw at Priestfield.

TEAM NEWS
Conor Chaplin (hamstring) and Brett Pitman (knee) have joined Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) on the sidelines.

Jackett will make a late decision on whether Christian Burgess (calf) and Nathan Thompson (head) will feature.

Gillingham top scorer Tom Eaves and team-mate Mark Byrne are both suspended, while Gabriel Zakuani is away on international duty with DR Congo.

Bradley Garmston (calf), Luke O’Neill (hamstring) and Scott Wagstaff are also missing, while Alex Lacey (ankle) is a doubt.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read what Kenny Jackett and Kyle Bennett have to say about the game or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 17 Wins
Gillingham: 6 Wins
7 Draws

At Priestfield
Pompey: 6 Wins
Gillingham: 6 Wins
3 Draws

TICKETS
Supporters can buy tickets from the away turnstiles (cash only) at Priestfield on the day of the game. Click here for a list of prices.

MATCH COVERAGE
iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Sunday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Please note that there is no live video stream for overseas subscribers, as this match has been selected for television coverage.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will also have updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Monday.

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Pompey are 10/11 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 100/30.

Click here to read our full betting guide and sign-up at www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotions. Please gamble responsibly.

SATURDAY’S LEAGUE ONE RESULTS
Doncaster 4-1 Southend
MK Dons 1-4 Bradford
Northampton 0-6 Bristol Rovers
Oxford 3-0 AFC Wimbledon
Plymouth 1-2 Fleetwood
Rochdale 0-1 Rotherham
Scunthorpe 1-2 Wigan
Walsall 1-1 Shrewsbury

LAST TIME OUT


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