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Preview: Gillingham v Rovers

Get all the information ahead of Saturday's trip to the Priestfield Stadium

16 March 2018

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Rovers will look to follow up last weekend's impressive win over Blackpool with victory at Gillingham on Saturday.

Here's our guide to the game...

STATE OF PLAY

Last time out, Rovers ran out 3-0 winners against Blackpool, a result which extended our unbeaten home league run to 16 games. Tony Mowbray's men sit five points clear at the top of the table, though second-placed Wigan and third-placed Shrewsbury have games in hand. The Blues have scored 70 goals in 2017/18, conceding 35 times at the other end. Kick-off against Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.

TEAM NEWS

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mowbray confirmed that Rovers will be without Ryan Nyambe for "four to six weeks" after the defender was forced off with a hamstring problem against Blackpool. Meanwhile, Danny Graham faces a late fitness test following the rib injury he suffered against the Tangerines, and Rovers skipper Charlie Mulgrew is expected to make his 400th career appearance. Saturday's match will come too soon for midfield duo Peter Whittingham and Ben Gladwin, and Harry Chapman will feature for the Under-23s on Friday before making a first-team return. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups an hour before kick-off on matchday.

OUR OPPONENTS

Gillingham currently sit 11th in the standings, with 49 points from their 36 games so far this season. Managed by Steve Lovell, the Gills have been in decent form of late, and won 3-1 at Portsmouth on their last league outing. Gillingham's top scorer in all competition this season is Tom Eaves with 14. The game holds extra significance for Rovers talisman Bradley Dack, who played over 150 times for the Gills between 2012 and 2017. Mowbray's men will be hoping for a repeat of the reverse fixture at Ewood, which saw the Blues run out 1-0 winners.

SHARE YOUR FAN PICS

If you're making the long trip to support the team this weekend, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 

OTHER FIXTURES

There are nine other League One games taking place on Saturday: Blackpool v Southend, Charlton v Fleetwood, MK Dons v Bury, Northampton v Rotherham, Oldham v Portsmouth, Oxford v Peterborough, Plymouth v Bristol Rovers, Rochdale v Wimbledon, Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury. All games kick off at 3pm.


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