Football League World’s Chris Thorpe will be live from the Priestfield Stadium on Tuesday as Gillingham take on an in-form AFC Wimbledon side in Sky Bet League One, with both sides seeking to climb the standings in the weeks ahead.
Glyn Hodges and his Wimbledon charges have enjoyed their best ever start to a third tier season and will be looking to build upon their last gasp win away at Rochdale the previous Saturday, at a ground in which they boast a strong looking recent record.
Whilst Steve Evans will also be looking for his side to pick up maximum points against their South London opponents after the Gills ground out a respectable draw at home to play-off chasing Charlton on the weekend.
A victory for the Kent based club could see them move level on points with the Dons, whilst Hodges could see his side into ninth place if other results go their way on Tuesday evening.
Gillingham’s only long-term absentee’s for this week’s game are the midfield pairing of Stuart O’Keefe and Jacob Mellis.
The former could well be back in action at the turn of the new year as he continues his recovery from a serious injury, whilst Mellis is expected to be sidelined for the considerable future after suffering an equally bad injury setback in recent months.
As for Wimbledon, the Dons will have to once again do without the services of vital pair Luke O’Neill and Jaakko Oksanen, with both players still in the process of recovering from recently sustained injuries.
Hodges is also expected to check on the fitness of centre back Terell Thomas, after the 25-year-old limped off late in the second half of the win away at Rochdale.
Gillingham possible starting lineup (4-3-3):
Bonham; Jackson, Tucker, Medley, Ogilvie, McKenzie, Dempsey, Robertson, Graham, Oliver, Samuel
AFC Wimbledon possible starting lineup (3-5-2):
Trueman; Nightingale, Heneghan, Csoka, McLoughlin, Woodyard, Hartigan, Reilly, Seddon, Pigott, Longman
Gillingham have won just one of their last nine league meetings with AFC Wimbledon (drawing four and losing four), failing to keep a single clean sheet in that run.
AFC Wimbledon have won three of their last four league games against Gillingham in League One, whilst they’ve never lost a Football League away game against the Gills (winning three and drawing three).
How to watch the game?
The match will be available to watch via both club’s respective websites, with iFollow passes costing £10 per person.
Kick-off is 6pm.