Blackpool vs Gillingham preview
Blackpool vs Gillingham preview

Gillingham will head to Blackpool on Tuesday night with the aim of picking up just their second away win of the season.

The Gills have won just one of their 14 league games on the road this campaign, but have come away with a draw in 10 of those matchups. 

Manager Steve Evans knows those draws need to be turned into wins sooner rather than later if his side are to make the much-desired play-offs this season.

“We are drawing with teams we should be putting away” said Evans, speaking to the club website on Saturday.

“We’ve drawn four or five recently and we should probably win two or three of those.”

The Gills are, however, on the longest unbeaten run in the EFL, with no defeats in their last 11 games. Blackpool, on the other hand, were winless in 10 before beating Southend 2-1 at the weakened.

The Blues are set to be boosted with the return of midfielder Alfie Jones after he missed the draw with Burton at the weekend. Matty Willock, who was taken off in the game with cramp, is also fit to play.

Mark Byrne is the only long-term injury absentee.

Deadline day signing Jordan Graham, too, could make his full debut after impressing off the bench on Saturday.

For Blackpool, Sullay Kaikai will see a specialist this week after struggling in his comeback from injury. Ryan Edwards and James Husband are back in training, however, and Gary Madine, who was taken off as a precaution against Southend, is fit.

There’s little doubt Gillingham need to start picking up away wins if they are to push towards the play-offs. They currently sit 12th in League One and eight points off the top six.

The pressure is on the Blues to win, but Blackpool themselves will want the three points. They are just two places and three points behind the Gills in 14th.