Doncaster vs Gillingham preview
Last Updated: 02/08/19 1:53pm
Doncaster's preparations for the new season were hit by the departure of John Marquis to Portsmouth earlier this week.
New boss Darren Moore has been linked with a number of new faces but is now unlikely to add to his squad in time for Saturday's clash with Gillingham.
He is also set to be without defender Joe Wright, who picked up a knee injury in the pre-season friendly against Hull. Otherwise Moore is not expected to have to cope with any further injury concerns for the game at the Keepmoat Stadium.
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Gillingham boss Steve Evans has acknowledged his side face an uphill task against one of the promotion favourites. Evans has sought to play down expectations ahead of the new campaign but has been pleased with the Gills' pre-season progress.
Evans will give a late test to midfielder Matt Willock who has been struggling for fitness after a recent virus. Captain Gabriel Zakuani faces at least another six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle ligament injury.
Over the last six league meetings between Doncaster and Gillingham, both sides have managed one victory each, with the other four ending in draws.
The last three times Gillingham have travelled to Doncaster for a league encounter, each match has ended level, including a 0-0 draw on the opening day of the 2017-18 League One campaign.
Doncaster haven't kicked off their season at home with a victory since August 2004 (2-0 v Blackpool), drawing three and losing one of their last four such matches at the Keepmoat.
Gillingham will play their opening league game away from home for the fourth straight Football League campaign, managing to remain unbeaten in each of the previous three (P3 W2 D1 L0).
Gillingham boss Steve Evans has won three of his previous 10 opening day matches (P10 W3 D3 L4) but has never before emerged victorious when kicking off a campaign away from home with any of his four previous sides (Boston, Crawley, Rotherham, Mansfield).