BURY – GILLINGHAM: MATCH PREVIEW

Sky Bet League One
Gigg Lane
Monday March 28th
3pm kick-off

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistants: Alf Greenwood and Ricky Wootton
Fourth Official: Mark Heywood

Without a game on Good Friday, the latest fixture in the Gills’ promotion push takes them to Greater Manchester to face Bury on Easter Monday.

Advance tickets are available until Friday 12pm (click here for more details), but away supporters can pay on the day at Gigg Lane. Have you got yours yet?

TEAM NEWS
Gills manager Justin Edinburgh has no new injury concerns going into Easter Monday’s fixture. Ryan Jackson returned from injury to make a substitute appearance in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southend United, and Adam El-Abd is expected to be back in contention having limped off halfway through the Gills’ 3-0 victory against Crewe on March 12th.

As it stands, Welsh internationals Andrew Crofts and George Williams are scheduled to be in Kiev for their country’s friendly against Ukraine on the same day.

However, Cody McDonald, Bradley Dack, John Egan and Doug Loft are all expected to miss out through injury.

THE OPPOSITION
Having started the season strongly, Bury have fallen away from the play-off places in recent weeks, and have drawn three and lost four of their last 10 Sky Bet League One matches.

However, manager David Flitcroft praised his side’s character as they twice fought back to earn a 2-2 draw against in-form Shrewsbury Town at Gigg Lane last Saturday.

“It’s my job to make sure the team can perform like that over 90 minutes, but it’s another point towards our target and we’ll keep looking upwards,” said Flitcroft after the Shrewsbury game.

“At half-time I said I wanted them to show some character and fight for the fans, and we did that second half.

“First half was a bit edgy and anxious, so I’m delighted we came out fighting with a spirited performance in the second half.

“We looked a real threat, every time we attacked we looked dangerous and full of intent.”

They sit 15th in the table, 12 points off the bottom four, but only a win away from the 52–point tally set by Flitcroft set before the season start.

While the Gills will not be in action on Good Friday, Bury face a short journey west to face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

LAST TIME WE MET
Dominic Samuel scored six minutes into his debut as the Gills came from a goal behind to win 3-1 at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on November 14th.

Leon Clarke gave the Shakers an early lead, before Samuel and John Egan fired the hosts ahead within a frantic opening 10 minutes.

Emmanuel Osadebe completed the scoring with a Goal of the Season contender three minutes from time, running almost the length of the pitch before finishing from an acute angle.

The Gills last won in the league at Gigg Lane in September 1985 (they have drawn one and lost 10 since), but triumphed in an FA Cup first round match in November 2008 when Andy Barcham scored the only goal.

In total the teams have met 51 times, with the Gills winning 20, drawing 10 and losing 21.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Bury win – 6/4
Draw – 23/10
Gillingham Win – 13/8

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet.

MATCH COVERAGE
GillsPlayer will have exclusive live match commentary from 2.50pm with Jamie Reid and Peter Lloyd. To subscribe, click here.

The GillsWall will have interactive text commentary of the match, and the club’s social media channels will be bringing you live updates throughout the day.

MONDAY’S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Crewe vs Bradford
Doncaster vs Blackpool
Millwall vs Burton (7.45pm)
Oldham vs Chesterfield
Port Vale vs Barnsley
Scunthorpe vs Swindon
Wigan vs Rochdale (1.30pm)

*Matches are 3pm kick-offs unless stated

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