Gillingham vs Bristol Rovers preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Gillingham will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat to Peterborough United. Photo by James Chance/Getty Image

Gillingham and Bristol Rovers will meet in League One on Saturday afternoon, with Rovers looking to create some breathing room between those in the relegation places.

The Gas currently occupy 18th place in the division, with a two point gap over Northampton Town in the last relegation spot in 21st position. Gillingham on the other hand are 15th, but are 10 points better off than Rovers. They will be looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Peterborough United in midweek.

  • Team News

Jordan Graham is pushing for a start for Gillingham after coming off the bench against Peterborough in midweek. After missing out against Charlton Athletic last week due to a minor injury, the winger is now back in contention to make the starting lineup.

Stuart O'Keefe could also return after being rested against Peterborough.

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Defender Max Ehmer is a doubt to face his former club after he injured his shoulder in training last week, which also saw the club captain miss the victory over Portsmouth. Caretaker manager Tommy Widdrington is hopeful that he'll be available on Saturday though.

Goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola is slowly working his way back from an Achilles injury he sustained in December. The Finland international is now back in training but won't be available for the match.

  • Predicted lineups

Gillingham (predicted 4-2-3-1): Bonham - Jackson, Cundy, Tucker, Ogilvie - Slattery, Dempsey - Graham, Lee, O'Connor- Oliver.

Bristol Rovers (predicted 3-4-1-2): Day - Baldwin, Kilgour, Harries - Williams, Grant, McCormick, Leahy - Nicholson - Hanlan, Ayunga.

  • Form guide

Gillingham have been in mixed form of late, with two wins, one draw and two defeats in their last five games. The two losses in that run have come against table toppers Lincoln City and high-flying Peterborough United though, so there shouldn't be too much room for concern.

Meanwhile, Bristol Rovers finally put an end to an eight game winless streak by impressively defeating fourth-placed Portsmouth in midweek. In their first match following manager Paul Tisdale's sacking, a brace from Jonah Ayunga and a penalty from Luke Leahy were enough to overturn a John Marquis strike and finally end their rotten run.

  • Ones to watch

Kyle Dempsey remains the one to watch for Gillingham. The midfielder has proven to be a worthy signing since joining in the summer, with six goals and three assists to his name in the league so far, with his tireless workrate making him a threat throughout.

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Jonah Ayunga may be the one to watch for Bristol Rovers. The striker netted his first goals for the Gas against Portsmouth in only his second league start since joining the club in July 2020, but he certainly made a strong impression. Rovers caretaker manager Tommy Widdrington, said he liked "absolutely everything" he did when speaking after the victory on Tuesday night, so he'll be a threat that the Gillingham defence will need to look out for.

  • Previous meetings

The teams last met in the reverse fixture earlier this season in December, where a brace from Vadaine Oliver saw the Gills run out 2-0 winners at the Memorial Stadium.

In the overall record Bristol Rovers come out on top though, with 47 wins compared to Gillingham's 42. There have also been 21 occasions where the points have been shared in their encounters.

  • How to watch

The game has not been selected for TV coverage in the UK, but an iFollow pass can be purchased for £10 via either club’s website to stream the game live.

Kick-off is scheduled for 13:00 GMT.

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