Gillingham v Port Vale preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Gillingham and Port Vale at Priestfield Stadium.

Last Updated: 11/01/13 at 11:04   

Kedwell: In contention for Gills

Kedwell: In contention for Gills

Martin Allen has a fully-fit Gillingham squad at his disposal.

The Gills have won their last two games without conceding a goal and named the same starting XI for both games, but Allen has claimed that he will make changes for the fixture that would see his side knocked off top spot with a defeat.

Top scorer Danny Kedwell - who has 11 goals in all competitions - could be recalled to the side as he looks to find the net for the first time since November 3.

Steven Gregory could be handed a full debut after signing from Bournemouth at the beginning of the month, while Charlie Lee and Charlie Allen are other midfield options.

Striker Ben Strevens is still in Allen's thoughts despite being made available for transfer and could be in the squad.

Port Vale boss Micky Adams faces a selection dilemma ahead of his side's top-of-the-table clash.

After signing experienced duo Darren Purse and Lee Hughes this week, Adams must decide whether or not to change a winning team.

Liam Chilvers played the last game of his initial loan spell during last weekend's 4-0 home win over Plymouth, but the central defender's stay at Vale Park was extended on Thursday.

He is expected to keep his place in the team but Adams gave little away regarding the involvement of defender Purse or striker Hughes.

"I'll consider my options, but the important thing is we have them," Adams told the media in his pre-match press conference.

"We now have good options and can use different styles. We've got a real mixture there, particularly in terms of front play. We can mix it at any given moment against any given team."

Chris Birchall is another option for Adams after making his first appearance since rejoining the club as a second-half substitute against Plymouth.

Defender John McCombe will not travel as he is expected to be out for several weeks after tweaking his medial ligament on New Year's Day. Louis Dodds is another who will miss out after picking up an injury this week in training.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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