PREVIEW: Gills vs Crewe Alexandra

The Gills are hoping to stay on the promotion tracks as they take on the Railwaymen on Saturday.

GILLINGHAM vs CREWE ALEXANDRA
Sky Bet League One
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Saturday March 12th
Kick-Off, 3pm

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Keith Hill
Assistants: Carl Brook & Gavin Muge
Fourth Official: Daniel Robathan

TEAM NEWS
Long-term absentees Cody McDonald, Bradley Dack and John Egan remain sidelined for the Gills, however Justin Edinburgh has no fresh injury doubts ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

Defender Adam Chicksen has recovered from a short illness and the manager is hopeful that Ryan Jackson will be fit after a knee problem. Captain Doug Loft completed 90 minutes last time out suffered some stiffness after recovering from a few weeks out, however Edinburgh has revealed he will be okay for Saturday.

Edinburgh was pleased that the three-game losing streak ended last week at Scunthorpe and believes the point gives his team a platform to build upon going forward.

He said: “We have had to work hard and earn the right to play in every game this season and a lot of our performances have been footballing performances – full of goals and dominating possession.”

It was the first time this season on the back of three consecutive defeats that we had to roll up our sleeves and put our bodies on the line for eachother.”

The manager said that his team has got to be on the ball going into the final stage of the campaign and he thinks the Crewe match will be as difficult as any game all season.

“Form goes out of the window at this stage of the season because points become available for different kinds of circumstances. The same points are there for relegation candidates, teams trying to get in the Play-Offs and automatic promotion hopefuls.”

The midweek results backed Edinburgh’s thoughts, as leaders Burton were beaten by 9th placed Bradford and lowly Shrewbury overcame Coverntry City.

THE OPPOSITION
Crewe sit second bottom, eight points from safety in the League One table having won just six times all season. The Railwaymen have lost two and drawn four of their previous six matches, including last weekend’s impressive point against league leaders Burton albion.

Crewe have, however, scored in each of their previous six games coming into Saturday’s match and their top scorer is Candadian internaional Marcus Haber, with six goals.

Striker Lauri Dalla Valle has been out with an ankle injury since November and could be ready for action soon, but not in time for the weekend.

Defenders Harry Davis and George Ray and midfielders Billy Bingham and David Fox, are all expected to be back in contention for the tussle on Saturday.

Davis and Ray have been long-term absentees with respective knee and ankle injuries, while Bingham has also been out for an extended period of time with a hamstring strain.

LAST TIME WE MET…
Gills won the return fixture 1-0 earlier in the season, with Rory Donnelly grabbing a 90th minute winner at Gresty Road. The away side have won three of their last four visit to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium

In total the teams have met 35 times, with Gills winning 17, losing 10 and 8 draws.

SATURDAY’S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Barnsley vs Southend
Blackpool vs Coventry
Bradford vs Doncaster
Burton vs Fleetwood
Chesterfield vs Walsall
Colchester vs Wigan
Peterborough vs Port Vale
Rochdale vs Bury
Sheffield United vs Oldham
Shrewsbury vs Scunthorpe
Swindon vs Wigan

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Gillingham Win – 8/13
Draw – 3/1
Crewe Win – 4/1
For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet.

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