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Match Preview: Gillingham v Pompey

Everything you need to know about League One clash

31 December 2019

Gillingham v Pompey

There might be few sore heads in the away end at Priestfield when Pompey visit Gillingham on New Year’s Day.

But the visitors will be keen to show that there is no hangover from the defeat at MK Dons in the final fixture of 2019.

Kenny Jackett’s men need to improve their away form if they are to close the gap on the top two sides in League One.

But they now face opponents who have won seven times on their own patch this term – a record bettered by only Wycombe and Coventry.

In all competitions, the Kent outfit have been victorious in each of the past seven fixtures played at Priestfield.

It means that Steve Evans’ troops are currently sitting 11th in the League One standings and are just four points adrift of the play-off spots.

They also have an exciting home clash with Premier League side West Ham in the third round of the FA Cup at the weekend.

The Gills won both league meetings with Pompey last season, although it finished goalless at Fratton Park earlier in the current campaign.

TEAM NEWS
Ryan Williams is set to miss the next few games after injuring his groin against Wycombe on Boxing Day.

Ross McCrorie (hamstring), Lee Brown (Achilles) and Brandon Haunstrup (meniscus) are also sidelined.

Bryn Morris (groin) is still in the treatment room, while Jack Whatmough is not yet ready for selection following his knee problem.

Matty Willock (knee) could return for the hosts, who are likely to be without Mark Byrne (knee) for the rest of the season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of the New Year’s Day visit to Priestfield.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 19 wins
Gillingham: 9 wins
8 draws

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

TICKET NEWS
Pompey fans will be able to buy tickets at Gillingham on the day of the game. Click here for more details.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and George Byrne
Fourth Official: Stephen Brown

Club News

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24 December 2019

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary, replays and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass.

Domestic subscribers will, as usual, be able to listen to listen to live commentary from Andy Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm.

Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also watch the action, with commentary starting 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.

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 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 7/4.

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 Rochdale
AFC Wimbledon v Southend
Bolton v Burton
Doncaster v Oxford
Fleetwood v Sunderland
Lincoln v Peterborough
MK Dons v Bristol Rovers
Rotherham v Blackpool
Tranmere v Coventry
Wycombe v Ipswich

LAST MEETING


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