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Match Preview: Gillingham v Pompey

All you need to know about League One test

20 October 2020

Gillingham v Pompey

Pompey will look to continue their unbeaten league record on the road when they visit Gillingham this evening (6.30pm kick-off).

Kenny Jackett’s side showcased some scintillating attacking play to beat Burton in their last away game, which followed a goalless draw at Rochdale.

Their next opponents are currently sitting a couple of places higher in eighth spot, having earned two more points.

But the Gills come into the contest on the back of a 2-0 defeat at an MK Dons outfit who were bottom of the table.

Prior to that, though, Steve Evans’ men had enjoyed an unbeaten run of four fixtures that included wins over Wigan, Blackpool and Oxford.

The Kent side finished 10th last term, having leapfrogged Ipswich when the standings were adjusted for points per game.

They have been competing at this level for some time now, having claimed the League Two title in 2012/13.

It looked like Pompey were on course for victory in last season’s corresponding fixture on New Year’s Day, but Alex Jakubiak’s late leveller cancelled out a Gareth Evans goal.

TEAM NEWS
Ellis Harrison is set to be out for at least two weeks after going off with a hamstring injury at the weekend.

Gillingham skipper Kyle Dempsey is a doubt with an ankle problem, but Scott Robertson and Matty Willock should both be fit enough to feature.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Lee Brown ahead of the game.

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

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

OFFICIALS
Referee: David Rock
Assistants: Paul Kelly and Alasdair Ross
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

MATCH COVERAGE
Supporters in the UK can watch the action live – with graphics, commentary and replays – by purchasing a match pass for £10.

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 6pm.

Please note that subscribers based in the UK and Ireland will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.

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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 Wednesday.

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

BETTING
Pompey are the 10/11 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 23/10.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday's game. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers (6pm)
Accrington v Fleetwood
Blackpool v Charlton
Doncaster v Ipswich
Hull v AFC Wimbledon
Lincoln v Plymouth
Oxford v MK Dons
Sunderland v Crewe
Wigan v Peterborough
Burton v Rochdale
Northampton v Swindon (7.45pm)

LAST MEETING


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