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Match preview: Gillingham v Wednesday

18 March 2022


Gillingham v Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday 19 March
Sky Bet League One
Priestfield Stadium

The Owls head to Gillingham on Saturday in Sky Bet League One.

It’s extremely tight at the top end of the division with a congested play-off picture unfolding.

Wednesday go into the round of fixtures just a point outside of the play-off positions, with a game in hand over sixth-placed Sunderland.

There is plenty on the line for both sides on Saturday at Priestfield.

While the Owls will be looking to return to winning ways after being held by Accrington at home in midweek, the Gills need the points for their bid to avoid relegation.

Neil Harris’ side sit in the drop zone, currently 21st in the division.

Results have improved under Harris and as things stand, it’s only goal difference keeping Gillingham in the bottom four.

The club have two wins from their last four outings, though lost away at Charlton last time out.

Our last meeting with Gillingham finished 1-1 at Hillsborough, with former Owl Vadaine Oliver opening the scoring before Florian Kamberi equalised 15 minutes from time.


Wednesday: Harlee Dean, Josh Windass and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing have trained and a decision will be made on whether the trio will be involved in the squad on Saturday.

Lewis Gibson and Liam Palmer are doubts after picking up knocks.


Ciaran Brennan is also unlikely to feature due to an injury the defender sustained in the Under-23s’ 1-0 win over Sheffield United earlier in the week.

Gillingham: Defender Robbie McKenzie limped off injured last time out in the 1-0 defeat at Charlton.

The 23-year-old has been a mainstay in the Gills team this season with 40 appearances in all competitions but is now a doubt after picking up an injury just before the hour mark at The Valley.

Young defender Harvey Lintott stepped in to fill the void in midweek and the 19-year-old could feature against the Owls.

Ryan Jackson, Mustapha Carayol, Ben Reeves and goalkeeper Aaron Chapman are all out with injury.


With injuries throughout the squad, manager Neil Harris said: “If the youngsters have to step in and play, then so be it. Sometimes in adversity you go to the youngsters and Josh Chambers came on and did really well at the weekend for 20 minutes. Harvey came on and did okay.”


Manager – Darren Moore

Dominic Iorfa


Referee – Gavin Ward
Assistant referee – Akil Howson
Assistant referee – Matthew McGrath
Fourth official – Chris Pollard


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Gillingham: DWLWL


13 Nov 2021 | Owls 1-1 Gillingham | League One
7 Jan 2003 | Gillingham 4-1 Owls | FA Cup
14 Dec 2002 | Owls 0-2 Gillingham | Football League Div 1
16 Nov 2002 | Gillingham 1-1 Owls | Football League Div 1
9 Mar 2002 | Owls 0-0 Gillingham | Football League Div 1

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