Preview: Portsmouth vs. Gillingham

Portsmouth will face Gillingham in England’s EFL Trophy on October 10.

A year after their friendly clash where Portsmouth secured a 2-1 victory, they are set to face Gillingham, often known as Gillingham FC, once again. Currently, Portsmouth is in impressive form, having triumphed over teams like Port Vale, Wycombe Wanderers, Wigan, and Barnsley, marking their sixth game without a loss.

On the other hand, Gillingham is also entering the game on a positive note, celebrating a recent 2-1 victory against Milton Keynes Dons in League Two. However, their defense has shown vulnerabilities, allowing goals in their last 5 matches.

Form Guide

Currently, Portsmouth boasts four consecutive wins against Port Vale, Wycombe Wanderers, Wigan, and Barnsley, while Gillingham’s latest victory was against Milton Keynes Dons. In their last 19 games, Portsmouth clinched 11 wins, faced 3 losses, and drew 5 times. Gillingham mirrors their 11 wins in 19 matches but has 7 losses and just 1 draw.

In their last six outings, Portsmouth emerged victorious 5 times, with scores like 2-0 vs. Port Vale, 2-1 vs. Wycombe Wanderers, and a draw (1-1) against Derby County. Meanwhile, Gillingham recorded 3 wins, with scores such as 2-1 against Milton Keynes Dons and 2 losses, one being a 2-0 defeat to Crewe.

Team Updates


John Mousinho, the Portsmouth manager, has almost his full squad fit, barring Josh Dockerill, who is out due to a Cruciate Ligament Rupture.


The Gillingham side, led by Neil Harris, is in top condition with no reported injuries ahead of the match.

Previous Encounters

Since January 2020, Portsmouth and Gillingham have faced each other six times. Out of these, Portsmouth claimed victory four times, while two matches ended in a draw. Their most recent meeting was on July 16, 2022, a friendly where Portsmouth triumphed 2-1. In their head-to-head clashes, Portsmouth netted 10 goals in total, whereas Gillingham managed 4.

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