Here is a detailed look at how we think the Gills will line up in Lancashire.
Gillingham are flexible with their formations, but we expect manager Steve Evans to start with a 4-2-3-1. The versatility of certain players allows this to change throughout though, and the expected lineup allows the Gills to swap between their preferred 4-2-3-1, a 4-4-2 and a 4-1-2-1-2 easily.
The Irishman was beaten by a looping header on Tuesday against Ipswich, but he is slowly coming back into form after a tough few games, and it is clear he and goalkeeping coach Ian Pledger have been working hard on his ability to come off his line recently.
Ryan Jackson is never going to set the world alight on the ball but his immense long throw causes defences constant problems, and Gillingham have benefitted massively from that lately. He’s also the only right back at the club and has only missed one game this season through suspension, so is a guaranteed start.
Robbie Cundy hasn’t had the easiest start to his Gillingham career but the Bristol City loanee has shown vast improvement recently and his regular playing time has helped Gillingham’s back four to settle. He also picked up an assist on Saturday and will play again at Fleetwood.
Jack Tucker has been back to his best lately and had arguably his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring his first professional league goal and dominating James Norwood throughout. He’s vital for the Gills at the back, and will once again partner Cundy.
Cundy’s addition has allowed Connor Ogilvie to move back to his preferred left-back position and he is clearly happy to be there, despite saying he is willing to play anywhere to help the team.
Ogilvie is Gillingham’s best defender and has popped up with a few goals lately too. A threat at both ends of the pitch.
Gills boss Steve Evans recently described Kyle Dempsey as the best midfielder in League One and it would be hard to argue with him. The Gillingham captain picked up another assist on Saturday and really helps drive his team forward. The first name on the team sheet.
Stuart O’Keefe has transformed Gillingham fortunes since returning to their starting lineup, with the Gills picking up seven points from a possible nine during that time.
He put in a man-of-the-match performance last midweek and his fitness is extremely beneficial in the middle of the park, and his notable leadership and vocalness is invaluable.
Whether up front or out wide, Jordan Graham is a threat and defenders know it. He has given full-backs the runaround all season and his ability to get to the by-line and put a good cross in is unmatched. He’s hungry, exciting, and brilliant to watch.
His creativity is useful and his eye for goal handy, but it is probably his intensity getting him in the team right now, something Akinde can’t match. If the Gills go with an attacking midfielder, he will always be in the team.
Tom O’Connor’s versatility is key to this Gillingham team. Comfortable at centre-half or anywhere down the left side of the pitch, the Southampton loanee will probably play in a number of positions on Tuesday.
Expect to see O’Connor playing LM and CM, whilst potentially swapping sides with Jordan Graham every now again again. His in-swinging delivery from right-sided set pieces is more than handy, too.
Oliver is the man in form for Gillingham and will certainly lead the line on Tuesday evening, be it alone or alongside partner in crime Jordan Graham.
The forward has four goals in his last three games, and has now found the net 12 times this season. He’ll fancy his chances again on Tuesday.