Gillingham vs Doncaster Rovers preview
Gillingham vs Doncaster Rovers preview

Gillingham will host Doncaster Rovers on Saturday with the aim of recording a 13th unbeaten league game in a row and continuing their charge to the play off places in League One.

The Gills will go into the game off the back of a stunning 3-2 victory in midweek at Blackpool which featured a 95th minute winner, and also seven points off the play offs.

Doncaster, however, have their own play off ambitions. They too were victorious in midweek, 2-1 over Bolton, and sit eighth in the league, two point off the top six. 

The importance on the game may have an impact on the matchup, and conditions promise to provide a challenge, too, with storm Dennis on the way.

In terms of team news, Stuart O’Keefe is set to start for the Gills after coming on at half time in Blackpool following an injury. The team could still be without Alfie Jones, but there are no fresh injury concerns.

Oliver Lee has recovered from illness, and Regan Charles-Cook will be pressing for a start after his goal in midweek.

Doncaster will be without first choice left back Reece James after the defender was stretched off on Tuesday with a shin injury. Cameron John is set to deputise.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans was complimentary of Rovers in his pre-match presser, branding Saturday’s opponents ‘a good side with a good manager’.

The Scot will be wary of how big the game is with a date with Southend on Tuesday waiting, a game the Gills should certainly be taking all three points from. Two wins now would boost the Gills’ prospects of a top six finish significantly.

The two teams faced off in the first game of the season when the spoils were shared at the Keepmoat after a 1-1 draw. Gillingham defeated Doncaster 3-0 in the second round of the FA Cup back in December, too, but this game promises to be different.

It will be a tight, nervy, and windy encounter at Priestfield Stadium.

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