GILLINGHAM – WALSALL: MATCH PREVIEW

Sky Bet League One 

MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Tuesday, April 12th
7.45pm kick-off

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Carl Brook and Carl Fitch
Fourth Official: Ryan Atkin

After extending their unbeaten run to six games with a battling display against Sheffield United on Saturday, the Gills play their first of three home games within 11 days against promotion-rivals Walsall on Tuesday night.

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TEAM NEWS
Manager Justin Edinburgh appears to have no new injury concerns going into Tuesday night’s game, with Dominic Samuel and Doug Loft the highest-profile absentees once again.

Returnees Cody McDonald and Bradley Dack both gained vital game time in Saturday’s match against Sheffield United, their first minutes since picking up injuries in December and February respectively.

“I’m really pleased [to see them back]. It’s been a tough time for Cody this season, and it’s really pleasing for Bradley as well to get back on the pitch,” said Edinburgh. “We look forward to keeping them in this team now.”

THE OPPOSITION
Walsall head to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium sitting one place behind the Gills in Sky Bet League One.

The Saddlers have won just three times since early February – a hat-trick of victories achieved in March against Chesterfield, Fleetwood and Colchester United – and go into this fixture having lost at Sheffield United (2-0) and Oldham Athletic (1-0) in the last 12 days.

It was the first time that the West Midlands side had been defeated twice-consecutively in the league in over a year.

“We have got a mini-season and we will go in each game to be attacking, to play with a good defensive shape and to win,” said interim manager John Whitney last week.

“It’s going to be enjoyable and we won’t ask the players to do anything they can’t do.

“We just tell them to get their work ethic right, to express themselves within our team ethos and to work for the team.”

LAST TIME WE MET
The Saddlers won the end-to-end reverse fixture at the Banks’s Stadium on Halloween. Cody McDonald and Bradley Dack put the Gills two-nil up on 32 minutes, but quick-fire goals from Keiron Morris and Milan Lalkovic levelled the tie by half-time.

Jason Demetriou won the game in stoppage time; a result that at the time saw Tuesday’s opponents leapfrog the Gills at the top of the league table.

The six meetings before that between the two teams – dating back to August 2009 – had all ended in draws, including a 0-0 at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium last season.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Gillingham win – 6/4
Draw – 23/10
Walsall Win – 7/4

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet.

MATCH COVERAGE
GillsPlayer will have exclusive live match commentary from 7.35pm 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.

TUESDAY’S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Barnsley vs Oldham Athletic

*Matches are 7.45pm kick-offs unless stated

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