Gillingham are the visitors to Prenton Park this coming Saturday. Tranmere will be looking to add to their proud away performance in which Stefan Payne scored the equaliser in the dying seconds. They will be of the belief that a proud result will be able to achieve as Gillingham haven’t registered a win ‘on the road’ since their visit to Bloomfield road in May.
Gillingham Football Club ‘The Gills’ play their football at Prestfield which has a capacity of 11,600 and has been the only home venue of the clubs proud history. This season, ‘The Gills’ have not managed to register a win from any fixture ‘on the road’. However, their results this season have showed that they are of great misfortune. Losing their carabao cup place on penalties away at Newport County and conceding two goals in quick succession against Burton. On Tuesday night, Colchester visited the Prestfield stadium in the ‘Leasing.com trophy’. Gillingham were defeated 3-2 yet continued to fight into the final minutes where their attempts to clinch a draw where either blocked or misplaced. Gillingham will be hoping to follow up their home loss to Colchester with a proud result at Prenton Park. Gillingham have provided no team news for Saturdays fixture where Tranmere’s website has claimed the opponents forward , 23 year old Jakubiak, to be the visitors ‘one to watch’.
Tranmere Rovers Football Club ‘The super whites’ come into this fixture following a great performance ‘on the road’ where Stefan Payne clinched an injury time equalizer. Micky Mellon’s side will be hoping to add another home fixture win as in their last home fixture they beat Bolton 5-0 with a very strong performance. The two positives Tranmere can take into the game this Saturday, is that the home support will be ‘bouncing’ due to the new foreign investment announced earlier in the week. Also, Gillingham will be making the mammoth 260 miles trip to Merseyside after the tough midweek encounter with Colchester . Thus, Gillingham’s players shall be of minor fatigue. Ollie Banks will be available for this Saturdays fixture, coming back from a suspension awarded at the memorial stadium. Also, new signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will be available to the side after his loan spell at Tranmere was announced mid week. However, Tranmere will be without players : Ferrier (8 weeks with knee injury sustained in training), Blackett Taylor (suspension), Caprice (ankle), Ellis (Knee), Gumbs (ACL), Miller (Hamstring), Kane Wilson (knee).
During the week, Gillingham announced the signing of midfielder Ben Pringle. Last season, Pringle helped Tranmere to achieve promotion during his Loan spell at the club. Thus, Tranmere supporters shall greet Pringle with a warm reception on Saturday as he returns to Prenton Park.
Predicted line ups:
Gillingham (4/3/3) – Bonham, Fuller, Ehmer, Ogilive, O’Connor, Willock, Byrne, Lee, Pringle, Jakubiak, Hanlan.
Tranmere (5/3/2) – Davies, Borthwick Jackson, Monthe, Ray, Nelson, Morris, Perkins, Potter, Jennings, Mullin, Payne.