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Match Preview: Pompey v Gillingham

All you need to know about League One clash

9 March 2018

Pompey v Gillingham

Pompey will make a welcome return to action when they take on Gillingham at Fratton Park this weekend.

Both sides were left without a game last Saturday, as the ‘Beast from the East’ laid waste to the EFL programme.

And the pair go into the clash looking to bounce back from defeats in their last outings, with the Blues beaten by Blackpool and the Gills going down to struggling Bury.

The Kent outfit looked to be heading for a battle against relegation when Kenny Jackett’s men won at Priestfield Stadium earlier in the campaign.

Matty Kennedy’s second half strike was enough to secure victory in a televised contest that left the hosts second from bottom and with just seven points from 12 games.

Interim boss Peter Taylor – who had replaced Ady Pennock – left the club a few days later and there has been a turnaround since Steve Lovell took control.

The former Wales international has steered Gillingham away from danger and into 12th spot – one place behind the Blues.

But they have never won a match at Fratton Park, with Pompey winning seven of the past eight meetings on the south coast.

Gareth Evans and Brett Pitman are training again following hamstring problems, but Saturday’s game comes too soon for the pair.

Nathan Thomas still has two matches of his suspension to serve, while Pompey are without the injured trio of Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).

Gillingham full-backs Bradley Garmston and Connor Ogilvie have both been suffering with illness during the week.

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Pompey: 18 wins
Gillingham: 6 wins
7 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 11 wins
Gillingham: 0 wins
4 draws

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

Pompey are the 4/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 18/5.

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