Accrington Stanley vs Gillingham preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Accrington Stanley look to bounce back after a heavy defeat to Plymouth Argyle as they host League One strugglers Gillingham at the Wham Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  Kick-off is at 15:00 GMT.

Gillingham sit one point above the League One drop zone but AFC Wimbledon, one place below them, do have a game in hand over the Gills.

Stanley will be hoping they can continue to keep up their great home record as the Gills come to town and put the two 4-0 losses in March out of their minds.

  • Team news

John Coleman gave some early starting eleven news in his pre-match interview as he told the media that Liam Isherwood would start in goal at the weekend after Toby Savins' red card last week suspending him for the next three games.

It was also confirmed that wing duo John O’Sullivan and Joe Pritchard are both getting back to full fitness and could feature this month.

Tommy Leigh will for the last time be unavailable as he serves his last game of his three match suspension. 

Gillingham will be welcoming back Dan Phillips to the squad after he had been suspended for the last three matches. 

Robbie McKenzie is expected to still be missing this weekend after his quad strain against Charlton Athletic.

Other than that there is no fresh injury news to report for Gillingham as they travel up north. 

  • Predicted lineups

Accrington Stanley

Isherwood, Clark, Nottingham, Sykes, Rodgers, McConville, Pell, Butcher, Coyle, Bishop, Longelo

Gillingham

Chapman, Tucker, Ehmer, Masterson, Jackson, Thompson, Lee, O’Keefe, Tutonda, Oliver, Kelman

Last time out Stanley lost 4-0 to Plymouth at Home Park which also saw their goalkeeper Toby Savin sent off late on.

Despite last weeks result they are in a great run of form at home as they are nine unbeaten at the Wham Stadium and have won their last four at home.

Last weekend Gillingham got a valuable point at home to play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday as they drew 0-0.

The Gills have travelled well in the last month with important wins away to Lincoln City and Doncaster Rovers to keep them above the drop zone.

A win away this weekend would be a shock but a well needed result for the Gills.

  • Ones to watch

One man that everyone will be keeping a key eye on this weekend is Liam Isherwood in goal for Stanley.

The 19-year-old has came through Stanley’s academy and will be keen to repay the faith of John Coleman who decided against signing an emergency loan goalkeeper as he trusted the youngster.

Everyone at the club will be cheering him on this weekend as he is one of their own and has worked hard for this chance to impress.

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Stanley will be staying on red alert when defending the Gills' top goal scorer Vadaine Oliver who has bagged eight League One goals this season as well as three assists. 

Although he may be out of form with no goals in his last four games, the 30-year-old will be key to the Gills' chance of winning this game and staying up this season.

The 6’1 striker will be hoping for quality deliveries from wide as he most likely will be up against the towering figure of Michael Nottingham

  • Previous meetings

The supporters at the Wham Stadium will be hoping for a better game than the reverse fixture at the end of October which finished 0-0.

Stanley have the advantage in terms of overall head to head as they have beaten the Gills seven times out of the 15 fixtures the two sides have played against each other.

However, the last three fixtures have brought a win for both sides and draw so this will give Gills hope of getting a result at a difficult ground. 

  • Where to watch on TV

This game isn’t being broadcast live on TV but each set of fans can listen to the game on their clubs' iFollow service.

Fans from outside of the UK & Ireland can purchase a match pass via either iFollow service to watch the game live.

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