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Preview: Gillingham v Rovers

Tuesday's trip to Kent is the first of two huge away games for Mowbray's men

9 April 2018

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Rovers will be looking to claim a fifth successive league win with victory at Gillingham on Tuesday evening.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers secured a vital 1-0 over Southend, a result which means we have lost just once in 29 league games. Tony Mowbray's side sit top of the League One standings, two points ahead of second-placed Wigan, who have a game in hand, and four ahead of third-placed Shrewsbury. Going into the Gillingham game, the Blues have scored 75 goals in 2017/18, conceding 36 times at the other end. Fans can follow Tuesday's action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.


Rovers will hope to have duo Bradley Dack and Darragh Lenihan available for this clash. The former, who joined the Blues from Gillingham in the summer, was forced off through injury in the early stages of Saturday's win, while Lenihan has had bruising on his lower back. Craig Conway could start again after impressing at the weekend. Meanwhile, Ryan Nyambe remains a couple of weeks away from a comeback, and loanee Harry Chapman has started his recovery following a hamstring injury. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups an hour before kick-off on matchday.


Gillingham currently sit 16th in the standings, with 50 points from their 40 games so far this season. Managed by former player Steve Lovell, the Gills ended a run of successive defeats with a goalless draw against Doncaster on their last league outing. Their top scorer in all competition this season is Tom Eaves with 14. Rovers will be hoping for a repeat of the reverse fixture at Ewood, during which Dominic Samuel's was enough to give Mowbray's men a 1-0 win.


If you're heading to Kent on Tuesday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages.


There are four other League One fixtures taking place on Tuesday, all of which kick off at 7:45pm: Wimbledon v Charlton, Blackpool v Northampton, Oxford v Fleetwood and Rochdale v Wigan. Fellow promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury are in action at Bradford on Thursday night.

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