Gillingham v Bristol Rovers preview
Gillingham v Bristol Rovers preview

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell could name an unchanged side at home to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening.

The Gills beat Oxford 1-0 on Saturday and Lovell was delighted with a performance which moved his side up to 13th in Sky Bet League One.

Lovell’s main decision appears to centre around whether to promote young midfielder Regan Charles-Cook after his impressive showing as a substitute against Oxford.

Billy Bingham (calf) and Gabriel Zakuani (ankle ligaments) definitely miss out again as Ricky Holmes continues to nurse a back problem.

Rovers moved out of the bottom four by winning at Scunthorpe on Saturday. But the Pirates have problems in defence with Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (knee) and fellow full-back Joe Partington (calf) unlikely to be fit.

Rovers are also without right-back Daniel Leadbitter, centre-half Gabriel Osho and winger Alex Rodman. Alex Jakubiak, Stuart Sinclair and Chris Lines are possible options should boss Graham Coughlan decide to freshen up his squad during a demanding run of fixtures.

Gillingham have only lost one of their last 10 league matches with Bristol Rovers (W7 D2), and have scored 24 goals in those meetings.

Bristol Rovers have lost each of their last six away games against Gillingham; only against Wrexham (nine) are the Pirates on a longer ongoing losing run away from home in the Football League.

Gillingham haven’t won a home league game on a Tuesday since November 2015 against Rochdale (P13 W0 D9 L4 since).

Bristol Rovers are unbeaten in six away league outings (W4 D2), last going longer without a Football League defeat on the road in October 2007 (10 games).

Bristol Rovers’ Alex Rodman has scored three goals in his five Football League games at Priestfield Stadium against Gillingham, including two in his last two.

Picture supplied by Gillingham Football Club.