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PREVIEW: GILLINGHAM (H)

24 April 2015

The Iron welcome Gillingham on Saturday in their final home match of the season, with a point enough to secure safety.

Mark Robins’ side are six points clear with two games remaining, and will be confident as they are unbeaten at home in their last six.

Gillingham head to Glanford Park in good form though, having not lost in their last four, the latest being a 1-0 win against play-off chasing Rochdale.

The Gills have only won five times on the road this season, but have been boosted by the goals of Cody McDonald, who has netted 16 times.

The former Norwich man has been helped by Bradley Dack and John Marquis, who has netted eight times since his arrival on loan from Millwall in January.

Mark Robins may look to make some alterations to his side after Tuesday’s draw against Bradford, following a tough period of games throughout the month.

John Lundstram replaced Isaiah Osbourne in the first half on Tuesday and put in a man of the match performance, so will hope to start even though Osbourne is likely to be fit.

Alex Davey will not play though as he has returned to Chelsea, with his injury preventing him from featuring for the rest of the season.

Young winger Hakeeb Adelakun will be hoping to continue his impressive form, after he started and assisted in Tuesday’s draw against Bradford.

The Iron won the previous meeting against the Gills this season, coming away with a 3-0 win as Mark Robins watched on from the stands ahead of taking charge.

Paddy Madden, Neal Bishop and Gary McSheffrey were all on target for the Iron, with Gillingham playing over half the game with ten men following Doug Loft’s dismissal.

The Gills’ last visit to Glanford Park ended in a 3-1 defeat as goals from Richard Hinds, Dave Mulligan and Ian Morris sealed victory for the Iron.

Matt Jarvis was on target for the visitors, who also had Ben Chorley sent off, helping the Iron to a victory that would lead to the League One title in 2006/07.

Out of a total of 36 matches played between the two sides, the Iron have a better record than the Gills, winning 13 compared to Gillingham’s ten, with 13 draws between the two teams.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Glanford Park to catch the final home match of the season, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.


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