Gillingham vs Scunthorpe preview

Gillingham will be without captain Gabriel Zakuani when they host Scunthorpe.

The centre-back hobbled off during the second half of last Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Barnsley with an ankle ligament injury.

Zakuani needs surgery and looks likely to miss the rest of the season. Dean Parrett and Callum Reilly are fit again but Alex Lacey is still out injured.

Scunthorpe striker Lee Novak is likely to be rested after feeling his hamstring against Accrington last weekend. The Iron are still without James Perch through suspension.

Defender Perch completes a two-game ban after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in their defeat by Barnsley a fortnight ago. Rory Watson, Ryan Colclough, Jordan Clarke, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Josh Morris are long-term absentees.

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Gillingham have won each of their last two league games against Scunthorpe and are looking to record a league double over them for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

After winning three consecutive league games away at Gillingham between 2006 and 2014, Scunthorpe have failed to win on each of their last three trips (D1 L2).

Gillingham have only won one of their last eight home league games (D2 L5), failing to win any of their last four (D1 L3).

Scunthorpe have picked up 19 points from their last eight league games; only Barnsley have collected more in this period (20).

Elliott List has been directly involved in four of Gillingham’s last eight league goals (2 goals, 2 assists).

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