GILLINGHAM – COVENTRY CITY: MATCH PREVIEW

 

Sky Bet League One 

MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Saturday, April 2nd
3pm kick-off

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Chris Sarginson
Assistants: Adam Crysell and Elliott Kaye
Fourth Official: Ashvin Degnarain

Having claimed eight points from their last four games, three of which have been on the road, Justin Edinburgh’s team return to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium to face Coventry City on Saturday.

The match is the first of seven the Gills will play in April – four of which will be at home. Tickets are still available for the match by clicking here, as is our Spring Hospitality Special for those wanting to watch in style.

TEAM NEWS
Gills manager Justin Edinburgh has no new injury concerns going into Saturday’s fixture. Welsh international George Williams is scheduled to return for the weekend’s clash after being an unused substitute for his country against Ukraine in Kiev on Easter Monday.

Ryan Jackson started against Bury on Monday and came off in the second half with cramp, however it is expected he will be fit to face Coventry.

Cody McDonald returned to the squad for the first time since December in that game, albeit as an unused substitute, but will be looking to get some minutes under his belt and play a part in the Gills’ busy run-in.

Edinburgh has said that long-term absentees Bradley Dack and John Egan are making positive progress, however it is very unlikely that either will feature on Saturday.

THE OPPOSITION
Coventry manager Tony Mowbray denied his players lack hunger after they lost for the ninth time in 13 matches against Colchester United on Tuesday night.

Mowbray accepted responsibility for his side’s form, but said: “I sit in the dressing room with this set of players and we’re all searching. I’m the manager so I take a huge share of the responsibility for what’s going on out there.

“Nobody wants it more than this group – they are desperate to do well. We all want to get out of this league [but] it doesn’t look likely it will be this year because of our inability to score goals at the moment.

“They’ve got a lot of pride and they’re devastated because it’s another game gone with nothing to show for it.

“But we will dig in and carry on, we’ve got to go to Gillingham and Wigan now and if we don’t perform there we’ll really get found out.”

Missing from the City line-up for their last two games was striker Adam Armstrong. On-loan from Newcastle United, the 19-year-old has scored 19 goals in his first 33 appearances for the Sky Blues.

Armstrong was away on international duty with the England U19s, and scored from distance as they beat Spain 2-0 to qualify for the Under-19 European Championships in Germany this summer.

LAST TIME WE MET
Coventry striker Jacob Murphy stole the headlines in the reverse fixture at the Ricoh Arena in November as he hit a 10-minute hat-trick to help the Sky Blues win 4-1.

The game, which the Gills entered leading League One and with Coventry immediately behind them, was level until the 34th minute. Murphy then struck his opener, Ben Turner doubled the hosts’ advantage 180 seconds later before the former struck twice more before the break to put City out of sight. Bradley Dack scored the Gills’ consolation in the second half.

However, Gillingham have won the last two meetings at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium. John Marquis, Cody McDonald and Jermain McGlashan scored in the final 10 minutes to help the Gills come from behind in last January’s fixture, while Jake Hessenthaler scored from distance in a memorable 4-2 victory over City in March 2014.

In total the teams have met 50 times, with the Gills winning 15, drawing 10 and losing 25.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Gillingham win – 6/4
Draw – 23/10
Coventry Win – 9/5

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 bring you live updates throughout the day.

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*Matches are 3pm kick-offs unless stated

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