Blackpool vs Gillingham preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Blackpool's Jerry Yates (Left) goes to cut back against Gillingham's Josh Eccles when the sides last met in the 2020/21 season | Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Image

Blackpool and Gillingham will meet on Easter Monday in League One, with both sides competing for a place in the play-offs come the end of the season.

Blackpool come into this game on the back of an impressive 12-game unbeaten run, which has propelled them into sixth position. The Seasiders also have the benefit of games in hand on nearly every team around them, so they'll be confident of keeping hold of their spot in the play-offs.

Meanwhile, Gillingham have similar aspirations to Blackpool and will be looking to overtake their opponents when they meet. They currently find themselves in eighth place, only two points behind the Seasiders, albeit having played three games more. The Gills will face a tough task to make the play-offs though due to their closest challengers all having games in hand, making it likely they'll have to win all their remaining matches if they are to succeed.

  • Team news

Despite coming off 13 minutes from time in Blackpool's 2-0 defeat of Swindon Town last time out, centre-back Daniel Gretarsson will be available for the match, meaning it is likely manager Neil Critchley will named an unchanged lineup.

Left wing-back James Husband may also be included in the squad following his return to training this week after being out with a heel injury.

Gary Madine, Marvin EkpitetaKeshi Anderson, Matty Virtue-Thick, CJ Hamilton and Kevin Stewart remain long-term absentees.

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Gillingham manager Steve Evans has the benefit of no fresh injury concerns going into the game. Robbie Cundy may be included in the squad if he can pass a late fitness test. 

On-loan Southampton midfielder Callum Slattery will continue his rehabilitation from an ankle injury in hopes of taking some part in the late season run in.

  • Predicted lineups

Blackpool (4-4-2): Maxwell - Lawrence-Gabriel, Turton, Gretarsson, Garbutt - Embleton, Ward, Dougall, Kaikai - Simms, Yates.

Gillingham (4-4-2): Bonham - Jackson, Tucker, Ogilvie, O'Connor - Graham, Dempsey, O'Keefe, MacDonald - Oliver, Akinde.

  • Form guide

Blackpool are currently enjoying a division best unbeaten run, and had no trouble keeping it going when defeating relegation-threatened Swindon  2-0 on Friday. However, last month home wins were hard to come by for the Lancashire outfit, having drawn five out of a possible six, so Critchley will be hoping to gain maximum points this time out. In fact, they could climb as high as fourth place if they are successful.

Gillingham have managed three wins and two draws in their last five game since losing 1-0 to Fleetwood Town, and they managed to grind out a crucial 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in midweek to retain their momentum ahead of facing Blackpool. The Gills can't really afford to lose any more ground to their fellow play-off chasers, due to having played three games more than them, so three points will be needed to keep their hopes alive.

  • Ones to watch

Jerry Yates will undoubtedly be the one to watch for Blackpool. The striker has attracted interest from several Championship clubs due to his performances, which has seen him find the net 18 times in all competitions this season. 

The Blackpool talisman has also scored four goals in his last three games, so Gillingham will have to keep him at bay if they are to take anything from Monday's encounter.

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Vadaine Oliver will be the the one to watch for Gillingham. The striker is currently enjoying the best form of his career, having scored nine goals in his last nine matches, including the winner against Wigan on Wednesday night. 

Overall this season he has found that net on 17 occasions in all competitions, and his aerial threat is an obvious factor that the Blackpool defence will need to keep in mind to deal with.

  • Previous meetings

The two sides last met in the reverse fixture earlier this season in September. Gillingham ran out 2-0 winners on that day thanks to a brace from Dominic Samuel, who was making his second debut for the club having just joined permanently from Blackburn Rovers.

Blackpool lead the way in the overall head-to-head record though, with 15 wins compared to the Gills' 13. There have also been 14 occasions where the points have been shared. Gillingham are unbeaten in the last four fixtures against the Seasiders.

  • 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 15:00 BST.

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