Peterborough United vs Gillingham preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Olly Lee escapes the challenge of Joe Ward in Peterborough's 3-1 win at the Priestfield Stadium in February | Photo by James Chance/Getty Images

Peterborough United are set to host Gillingham on Tuesday night in League One, as Darren Ferguson's side look to catch up to Hull City.

The Posh are currently in second place, only three points behind the Tigers with a game in hand, meaning they have a great chance of winning the league title along with promotion this season. Recent slip ups from Sunderland, who are in eight points further back in third place, mean that it is unlikely Peterborough will fall out of the automatic promotion spots.

Meanwhile, Gillingham's faint hopes of making the play-offs ended with a 3-2 defeat to Oxford United at the weekend. Manager Steve Evans will now hope his side can end the season strongly with four games remaining. 

  • Team news

Ferguson will be without goalkeeper Christy Pym due to a side injury, but are otherwise in a clean bill of health. Josef Bursik will most likely deputise in Pym's absence.

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Gillingham have the benefit of no fresh injury concerns going into this game.

Loanees Callum Slattery and James Morton have been returned to Southampton and Bristol City respectively.

  • Predicted lineups

Peterborough (4-3-2-1): Bursik - Thompson, Kent, Beevers, Butler - Taylor, Brown - Ward, Szmodics, Dembele - Clarke-Harris.

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

  • Form guide

Peterborough have won four of of their last five since a 3-1 loss to Blackpool, which has set their promotion charge back on track. With a game in hand over Hull, the title race could go down to the wire as they seek to return to the Championship. It would take a lot at this stage for them not to finish in the automatic places.

After a great run of form in February and March, Gillingham haven't been quite able to match up to those standards since, having won only one out of their last seven. Two defeats to fellow promotion challengers Blackpool and Oxford United have ended their slight chance of making the play-offs, so they'll just be hoping to end the season on a strong note.

  • Ones to watch

Sammie Szmodics may be the one to watch for Peterborough. While Jonson Clarke-Harris has been firing in the goals for the Posh, Szmodics has been a vital cog in the team from midfield that keeps things ticking. His tireless energy has contributed massively to the team's success, and he netted a brace in the recent 3-1 victory over Northampton Town.

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Vadaine Oliver remains the one to watch for Gillingham. The striker is in the best form of his career, and his goal in the 3-2 defeat to Oxford meant he had notched nine in his last 11 games. His aerial presence in the box has provided opportunity aplenty for goals for the Gills this season, and he'll be the most likely to cause Peterborough issues.

  • Previous meetings

The last meeting between these two sides came in the reverse fixture earlier this season, where Peterborough won 3-1 at the Priestfield Stadium. A John Akinde penalty had put the Gills in front at half-time, but a brace from Clarke-Harris and a Szmodics strike sent the points the way of the Posh.

In the overall head-to-head record, Peterborough also come out on top with 18 wins compared to Gillingham's 14. Draws have made up the majority of their encounters though, with there being 21 occasions where the points have been shared.

  • 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 BST.

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