Fleetwood vs Gillingham preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Gillingham forward Vadaine Oliver is the man in form for Gillingham, with four goals in his last three games | Photo by Jacques Feeney via Getty Images

Something will have to give on Tuesday evening as two of League One’s form teams clash in the form of Fleetwood Town and Gillingham.

Both sides have won back-to-back games and are hitting form at the right time of the season, but both teams cannot win at Highbury. Here’s our preview of the game.

Team news

Gillingham have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game. Despite Jack Tucker taking a knock to the head in the win against Ipswich Town, he is set to be fine for the match.

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Dominic Samuel and Callum Slattery are long-term absentees.

Fleetwood too have no fresh injury concerns, and are expected to name an unchanged side in Lancashire.

Predicted lineups

Fleetwood (potential 3-5-2): Cairns - Hill, Connolly, Andrew - Burns, Batty, Camps, Rossiter, Rydel - Vassell, Garner.

Gillingham (potential 4-2-3-1): Bonham - Jackson, Cundy, Tucker, Ogilvie - O’Keefe, Dempsey - Graham, Lee, O’Connor - Oliver.

Form guide

Both sides are in relatively good form of late, and Fleetwood have won back-to-back games, beating Lincoln City 2-1 away from home a week ago before a 2-0 victory at Shrewsbury Town at the weekend.

Prior to that, Town had won just one of their last 15 games in all competitions. In that time, they swapped former manager Joey Barton for Simon Grayson, and are now looking up rather than down, placed 15th in League One.

Gillingham too have won back-to-back games, with home wins against MK Dons and Ipswich over the last week, registering 3-2 and 3-1 victories respectively.

The Gills have gained seven points from the last nine available and have bounced back well from a disappointing 1-0 defeat at relegation candidates AFC Wimbledon - Steve Evans’ side are placed 11th in League One.

Ones to watch

Callum Camps is one to watch for Fleetwood. The midfielder has 10 goals and two assists to his name this season and has flourished under new manager Simon Grayson.

Camps was one of the most sought-after players in the summer after leaving Rochdale, and Fleetwood are benefiting from his services this campaign.

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Vadaine Oliver is the man to watch for Gillingham right now. One of the form strikers in the league, Oliver has four goals in his last three league games and has now moved onto 12 goals for the season.

The big forward wins pretty much everything in the air, and is playing with real confidence right now. Don’t be surprised to see him find the net again here.

Previous meetings

Fleetwood won the reverse fixture 2-0 back in October under former manager Joey Barton thanks to goals from Paddy Madden and Ched Evans - a game where Gills defender Connor Ogilvie was sent off.

Last season’s equivalent was drawn 1-1 at Highbury, and it is Fleetwood who lead the way in terms of victories between the two teams in their histories. They clubs have crossed paths 14 times in the past, with Town winning sox games compared to Gillingham’s four. There have also been four draws between the two.

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 19:45 GMT.

Manager comments

Gillingham manager Steve Evans told the club website: “Fleetwood are in great form under Simon Grayson.

“They won easily at Shrewsbury on Saturday and easily at Lincoln last week, so that clearly shows the size of our task.

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“Full of top players assembled at a big cost will, as I said, be tough for us but we must continue to focus on ourselves and that means being fully prepared as an individual and a team.”

Fleetwood boss Simon Grayson said, via the Blackpool Gazette: “We rest up now ready for a physical challenge against Gillingham on Tuesday but also hoping to build on some good results.

“We have taken seven points in the past week and if we had scored a penalty against Accrington it could have been three wins on the bounce.

“But to wake up in a morning after back-to-back wins was certainly a better feeling after the run we had been on.”

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