Wycombe Wanderers v Gillingham preview
Wycombe Wanderers v Gillingham preview

Gillingham will have to be on top form to come away from Adams Park with a victory against a Wycombe Wanderers side that will be looking to go top of League One.

Gillingham’s focus is on moving away from the relegation zone, the visitors currently occupying 18th position having played a game more than some of the clubs below them.

For Gillingham, a trip to face opponents with a perfect home record has come at the wrong time as they bid to end a poor run of form.

Their solitary win in seven fixtures came away at Cambridge United on September 28th, and they have now failed to score in 210 minutes in all competitions.

While Steve Evans will be optimistic that his side will eventually get back on track, the Gills boss will have concerns about two clean sheets being recorded from 15 matches.

On the plus side, the Gills are unbeaten in their last three away games, while just six goals have been conceded in as many outings on the road.

Evans made multiple alterations in midweek for the Papa John’s Trophy clash against Ipswich Town, with the likes of Vadaine Oliver and Jamie Cumming expected to be recalled to the starting line up.

There will also be late fitness tests for Ryan Jackson and Mustapha Carayol as they edge closer to contention.

Evans confirmed on Friday morning that he is expecting a tough test, but hopes that both Jackson and Carayol could feature:

“Danny Phillips will be out for a few more weeks. Mustapha and Ryan will train today but we’ll take advice from the medical team before making any decision.”

“Credit to everyone at Wycombe for what they have achieved. We are going there to win a Football match. It is a tough place to go; we’ll need to take chances. We will be in the game for sure, Gareth (Ainsworth) will know that. We are in good shape, but lacking bodies.”

“We have respect for the opposition; we have boys who know where the net is and we have boys who, when on their game, can defend properly.”

“Vadaine trained on Monday, he was in fresh yesterday. He will lead us like the warrior he is at Wycombe. He’s a big part of what we are trying to do.”

Teenager Gerard Sithole has been used as a substitute on a regular basis, and the 18-year-old could earn a second league start alongside Oliver.

Gareth Ainsworth has worked wonders to keep the Chairboys on the right path, collecting 20 points from their opening 10 league fixtures.

Last weekend’s 4-3 thriller with Morecambe will go down as one of the games of the season, Wycombe rallying from two goals down to eventually prevail courtesy of a 90th-minute winner.

Ainsworth will demand that his side do not make a habit of such slow starts, but he was reassured that his group of players have the character to earn promotion this season.

Sam Vokes netted his third goal since his arrival during that match, the experienced Welshman ending a six-game streak without a goal.

Wycombe Wanderers possible starting lineup:
Stockdale; McCarthy, Stewart, Tafazolli, Jacobson; McCleary, Thompson, Scowen, Obita; Vokes, Horgan

Gillingham possible starting lineup:
Cumming; McKenzie, Bennett, Ehmer, Tutonda; Adshead, Lloyd, MacDonald; Dempsey; Oliver, Akinde.

Picture supplied by Gillingham Football Club.

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