SCUNTHORPE VS GILLS: MATCH PREVIEW

Sky Bet League One
Glanford Park
Saturday, August 20
3pm kick-off

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: David Webb
Assistants: Ian Dudley and Declan Ford
Fourth Official: Anthony Moore

After picking up seven points from a possible nine in the league, and a 3-1 victory in the first round of the EFL Cup, the Gills are unbeaten going into the fifth game of the EFL season.

Fans are advised to book online by visiting the GFC Ticket Office. Pay on the day is available, however the ticket office at Glanford Park will only be accepting cash.

TEAM NEWS
The manager confirmed that Joe Quigley would miss the rest of the season in the post-match interview against Swindon on Tuesday. Quigley injured his injuring ACL during the home game against Bury.

Jamie O’Hara came on for his Gills debut in the second-half against the Robins, and Edinburgh believes he changed the game.

“He came on a difficult time, after going behind, but I thought he sped the tempo of the game up,” he said. “He added another gear to our game and had a cutting edge, so I am pleased for him.”

Emmanuel Osadebe picked up the man of the match award on Tuesday night after playing in a more advanced role, and the manager believes he has a big part to play in the coming games.

“I admire his energy and his willingness to run beyond. From their [Swindon Town’s] team selection we knew that we would have to try and break their lines, run beyond and try and press them into mistakes.

“He is maturing and becoming more controlled, confident and he certainly has had a real good start to the season.”

News on the fitness of Bradley Dack will come after the press conference on Friday afternoon, after the midfielder missed the previous two home games through injury.

THE OPPOSITION
Grahame Alexander’s side sit on level points and goal difference with the Gills, after beating Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, but settling for a draw at Fleetwood Town.

The manager has spoke of the importance of utilising the whole squad in previous weeks, and says that the club could do with a few more players before the transfer window closes.

“They know they have to compete every day to make sure they stay in that team and I am delighted with everyone who has taken part in all four games this season,” said the Irons boss. “They have all been superb.”

“We will put the points in our pocket and go again on Saturday because we will be tested then as well.”

LAST TIME WE MET
The teams met back in March, in what proved to be the Paddy Madden vs Stuart Nelson show. The Gills stopper produced save after save to deny Madden and his team mates and help the promotion-chasing Gills to a hard-fought draw. Nelson picked up the man of the match award – both for the home and away team.

Both teams were fighting for the last play-off spot on the final day of the 2015/16 League One season, but the Irons and the Gills eventually lost out to Barnsley, who went on to win at Wembley to be promoted to the Championship.

The teams have met 39 times in total, with the Gills winning 11, drawing 14 and losing 14.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Scunthorpe win – 6/5
Draw – 23/10
Gillingham win– 23/10

For all the latest match odds visit Sky Bet.

MATCH COVERAGE
GillsPlayer will have live match commentary from 2.50pm with Ronan Sully 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.

SATURDAY’S SKY BET LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Bolton v Fleetwood
Bradford v Coventry
Bury v Oldham
Millwall v Sheffield United
Northampton v Wimbledon
Oxford Utd v Peterborough
Rochdale v MK Dons
Scunthorpe v Gillingham
Shrewsbury v Chesterfield
Southend v Bristol Rovers
Swindon v Port Vale
Walsall v Charlton

*Matches are 3pm kick-offs unless stated

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