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Match Preview: Gillingham v Pompey

All you need to know about Boxing Day clash

24 December 2018

Gillingham v Pompey

By the time you wake up on Boxing Day, you are fed up of turkey, bored by what the television has to offer and starting to regret all that overindulgence.

Well, fear not – the festive football schedule provides a chance to blow away those cobwebs, as Pompey head to Gillingham (1pm kick-off).

The table-topping Blues know that victory would put more pressure on their promotion rivals, with their game ending before all the others begin.

But the hosts are one of only two sides to have beaten them in League One this season, securing a 2-0 victory at Fratton Park in October.

That was their second meeting of the campaign, with Kenny Jackett’s men easing to a 4-0 triumph on home soil in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Gillingham are currently down in 19th position and just four points clear of the relegation zone at the halfway stage.

Steve Lovell’s men go into the contest on the back of a 2-0 defeat at high-flying Charlton and have taken a single point from their past three league matches at Priestfield.

Pompey won on their trip to Kent last term, with Matty Kennedy netting the only goal of the game in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

TEAM NEWS
Jackett is close to having a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Luke McGee (wrist) the only player currently sidelined.

Defender Max Ehmer will be missing for the hosts after dislocating his shoulder at Scunthorpe earlier this month.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Oli Hawkins or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 19 wins
Gillingham: 8 wins
7 draws

At Priestfield
Pompey: 7 wins
Gillingham: 6 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Pompey are no longer selling tickets for this match, but they can be bought from the cash turnstiles at Priestfield on the day of the game. Click here for a list of prices.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 12.30pm on Boxing Day.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

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 have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

BETTING
Pompey are the 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 10/3.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm

Accrington v Shrewsbury
AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth
Barnsley v Peterborough
Burton v Wycombe
Coventry v Charlton
Fleetwood v Doncaster
Oxford v Southend
Rochdale v Blackpool
Scunthorpe v Luton
Sunderland v Bradford
Walsall v Bristol Rovers

LAST PRIESTFIELD MEETING


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