Sky Bet League One
Saturday April 9th
Referee: Rob Lewis
Assistants: Iain Siddall and Wayne Grunnill
Fourth Official: Philip Dermott
Justin Edinburgh’s team are unbeaten in three games, three of which have been on the road, and travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday to face Sheffield United.
The match is the second of the Gills’ seven games in a busy April.
Doug Loft remains sidelined through injury and there will be no place in the squad for Dominic Samuel, who came off injured after 13 minutes against Coventry. The striker has returned to parent club Reading to have an assessment on the knee injury picked up on Saturday.
Edinburgh may be tempted to pick the returning trio of Bradley Dack, John Egan and Cody McDonald in the squad to travel on Saturday. Egan and Mcdonald were unused substitutes against Coventry, but Dack hasn’t featured since limping off in the defeat to Chesterfield.
The manager has admitted he faces a selection headache having the returning players available for selection, as the current team are unbeaten in five and impressing each week.
Last week the likes of Emmanuel Osadebe, Darren Oldaker and Jermaine McGlashan missed out on the matchday squad.
The Blades are eight points off the Play-Off positions and are ranked outsiders for a top six finish after a disappointing League One season. However, they host Edinburgh’s men on the back of an impressive 2-0 win over the Gills’ automatic promotion rivals, Walsall.
Striker and top scorer, Billy Sharp, has set United a challenge of recording only their third back-to-back victories of the season and their first since the turn of the year.
“We haven’t won two on the trot since December now, so to be at home again this weekend gives us a good opportunity to do that. And, if we can mirror that performance, I’m sure we can get the three points,” he said.
Sharp scored his 18th goal of the season against Walsall, and believes the home advantage could be a key factor at the weekend.
“At home recently, we’ve been doing okay and you can tell by the reaction of the fans when we play like that, they enjoy coming to see us. We need to put in more performances like that, we know that,” he added.
LAST TIME WE MET
The Gills stole the headlines on the opening day of the season, putting the blades to the sword in a 4-0 victory against the league favourites.
Luke Norris opened the scoring before defenders Deji Oshilaja and John Egan added the third and fourth on a bad day at the office for Sheffield United.
Bradley Dack put the final nail in the coffin with a goal of the season contender in injury time and the Gills went straight to the top of the table.
Gillingham’s last victory at Bramall Lane came in November 2013, when they beat the Blades 2-1. Danny Kedwell opened the scoring in the 7th minute, before Chris Porter equalised for United.
Substitute Cody McDonald sealed the three points in the second half as the Gills moved to 13th in League One.
In total the teams have met 25 times, with the Gills winning 10, drawing 6 and losing 9.
FANCY A FLUTTER?
Sheffield Utd win – 11/10
Draw – 5/2
Gillingham Win – 12/5
For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet.
GillsPlayer will have exclusive live match commentary from 2.50pm with Jamie Reid and Peter Lloyd.
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.
SATURDAY’S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Barnsley v Chesterfield
Blackpool v Colchester
Bradford v Swindon
Bury v Doncaster
Millwall v Shrewsbury
Oldham v Walsall
Peterborough v Rochdale
Port Vale v Crewe
Scunthorpe v Burton
Sheff Utd v Gillingham
Southend v Fleetwood
Wigan v Coventry
*Matches are 3pm kick-offs unless stated