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Sunderland AFC vs Gillingham [League One]

1 Name: 606 2019-02-19 18:43
Sunderland AFC vs Gillingham [19:45 GMT]

The Black Cats badly need a win tonight to nudge their promotion target back on track following two home draws against Blackpool and Accrington Stanley.

Jack Ross has seen his side lose only twice in League One this season - but they have drawn too many games, and lost ground on league leaders Luton and Barnsley over the weekend.

Duncan Watmore is a doubt for Sunderland tonight, but Will Grigg will be hoping to build on his positive performance last Friday, and open his Black Cats account.

Gillingham hope to have Josh Rees in contention at the Stadium of Light.

Midfielder Rees, who missed the weekend win over Scunthorpe, is expected to recover from a hamstring strain.

On-loan Sheffield United midfielder Ricky Holmes (back) and defender Alex Lacey (ankle) will once again miss out.

Gills captain Gabriel Zakuani has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage.

Pre match stats:
Some encouraging stats from Opta here:

Gillingham won 3-2 in their first meeting with Sunderland in a third-tier play-off semi-final first leg in 1987 - since then, the Gills have drawn two and lost six.
Sunderland are unbeaten in their four home games against Gillingham (W3 D1), with all games seeing both sides score (Sunderland 9, Gillingham 6).
No team has drawn more league games in the English top four tiers than Sunderland in 2019 (6).
Gillingham have kept just two clean sheets in their last 14 league away games (W4 D3 L7).
Sunderland have gained 19 points from losing positions in League One this season; four more than any other side in the division.

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