Gillingham will travel to Swindon Town on Saturday with the hope of bouncing back from a 1-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening.
A Kyle Vassell penalty halted the Gills' momentum, with Steve Evans' side picking up seven points from a possible nine before that. They will want to bounce back at the County Ground.
Here is a detailed look at how we think the Gills will lineups in the south west.
Gillingham manager Steve Evans has started games with a 4-2-3-1 more often than not lately, so don’t be surprised to see that again here. We, however, think he will apply a 4-4-2 system at Swindon. He’s done this recently too, but with Olly Lee, an attacking midfielder, up front. We think a change in personnel will be the main reason for this change.
Jack Bonham has been steady for Gillingham in recent weeks following a string of errors, and he was unfortunate not to get a clean sheet in midweek against Fleetwood, conceding only from an extremely soft penalty. He will be in between the sticks for the Gills.
Ryan Jackson was substituted at half-time in midweek and may be injured for the game, but we have included him here in the chance he’s fit. Gills boss Evans has said his right-back is touch and go, and he will hope it’s go - the 30-year-old has been an ever-present for the Gills this season, with his long throws cause numerous teams problems.
Bristol City loanee Robbie Cundy is getting better game by game and had another positive showing in midweek. He’s given Jack Tucker a reliable defensive partner, and expect that partnership to continue here.
Cundy’s partner, and, like Cundy, Tucker is getting better and better each week. He had a dip earlier in the season, but the Gills academy product is getting back to his form last season that attracted interest from many of the higher ups.
Gillingham’s best defender and an absolute banker to start. Can go backwards and forwards, tackle and cross, and Evans has mentioned on several occasions that Connor Ogilvie would be comfortable in a Championship side. Will be providing the long-throws if Jackson misses out, too.
Whatever the rotation may be on Saturday, Jordan Graham will play. He’s probably the best winger in League One, and, though he hasn’t hit his usual dazzling heights of late, the former Wolves man is vital to Gillingham’s attacking play.
Stuart O’Keefe could be rested/rotated, but he seems the favoured partner for Kyle Dempsey at the moment and adds steel and leadership to the time. Like others, he’s great going forwards or backwards, and his experience is key.
Being captain and, as Evans described him "the best midfielder in League One", there’s little doubt Dempsey will start. His drive and willingness to get into good attacking positions accompany his defensive work rate, and, as aforementioned, he has formed an excellent partnership with Stuart O’Keefe.
Tom O’Connor could drop out for the likes of Alex MacDonald or Tyreke Johnson, but his versatility has helped and continues to help Evans when it comes to switching things up. He rarely puts a foot wrong - you’re always guaranteed a six or seven out of 10 when it comes to the Southampton loanee.
Despite struggling for some rhythm on Tuesday evening, Vadaine Oliver is still Gillingham’s form man, and has registered four goals in his last four games. His aerial presence is well documented, but his turn of pace is useful and his finishing has improved. May play in a pair, but will still play if Evans goes with just one up top.
It’s probably a shootout between John Akinde and Olly Lee as to who plays, but Akinde suits the 4-4-2 formation better and is a natural striker. He has struggled for form all season - that has perhaps come with restricted playing time, but he was finding the net a bit more recently until he again found himself out the team. Needs to work hard to prove he is worth his spot.