Bristol City travel to the Priestfield Stadium this weekend to take on Gillingham for the second time so far this season.
The two clubs have already met in the Capital One Cup and City managed on that occasion to beat the Gills before progressing onto Crystal Palace and next are Southampton.
But this game will be different; both sides will be fielding the strongest teams possible for the Sky Bet league game. And where City have won both their cup games so far, they are yet to record a league win.
The Gills are also struggling in the league, like Bristol City they only have two points from two draws so both sides will be hoping to get that first three pointer under their belts, it doesn’t pay to be down near the bottom of the table for too long as City found out to their expense last term.
Martin Allen: “Since that cup defeat, I have been looking forward to this game.
“The lads are playing well and there has been a significant change. A lot of people have been clouded by one performance, which was poor (against Wolves) but apart from that, on the whole they have put in good solid performances.
“This is going to be a special game and to win our first game in front of our supporters would be fantastic.’
Sean O’Driscoll: ‘They’ve had a couple of good results since our League Cup victory there, and I’m sure Martin will get them fired up to try to exact some revenge.’
Gillingham Team News:
Midfielder Danny Hollands could make his debut for the Gills, he has just joined the club on a three month loan spell from Charlton.
Michael Harriman has extended his loan period with the club and will certainly start.
Matt Fish is still recovering from his ruptured cruciate ligament.
Manager Martin Allen must decide whether to go unchanged after positive back-to-back draws against Brentford and Swindon.
Player to watch: Danny Kidwell
Although he is now 30 years old, he has a fantastic workrate and last time out got on the score sheet for the first time this season. There will be more to come.
Robins Team News:
Joe Bryan and Derrick Williams could well miss the trip to Dorset.
Marlon Pack, Liam Fontaine and James Wilson could all come into the side, while Sam Baldock and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas look set to continue upfront .
But Sean O’Driscoll has to choose between goalkeepers Elliot Parish or recall Frank Fielding.
Player to watch: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Massive threat for any defence in front of goal, always capable of scoring.
Match Facts & Stats
Gillingham have won 45%, drawn 25% and lost 30% of their last 20 home games.
Gillingham have kept a clean sheet in 30% of their last 20 home games.
City have won 10%, drawn 20% and lost 70% of their last 20 away games.
City have kept a clean sheet in 10% of their last 20 away games.
Details on the match officials for this game can be found here.
If our front two are on form again there is no reason why we cant win this one, so I’m going for a 2-1 City victory.
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