Following consecutive victories, Ipswich’s playoff push hit a bump in the road last weekend as they fell to a narrow away defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.
Marvin Johnson’s sixth-minute strike was enough to condemn the Tractors Boys to a 1-0 defeat, leaving them nine points adrift of the top six.
After two consecutive away games, Ipswich will be grateful to return to Portman Road at the weekend, with the hosts aiming to extend their unbeaten home league run to five games.
In fact, they have proven to be a tough nut to crack on home turf, losing just twice at Portman Road in the league this term.
They are also looking for their third win over Gillingham this season after winning 2-0 in the EFL Trophy in October before thrashing the Gills 4-0 in January.
Gillingham, meanwhile, have the opportunity to claim consecutive victories after they beat Crewe 1-0 on Tuesday.
A Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick spot kick ensured that Harris began his reign with a victory and it was a win that ended a 14-game winless run.
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Despite the midweek victory, the new Gills boss knows that his side require a monumental effort in the second half of the season if they are to avoid the drop.
Sitting in 23rd place and eight points adrift of safety, Gillingham will need to improve in a number of areas to escape the drop zone, but in particular, their away form needs to be addressed.
They have won just once on the road in the league this term, and Harris will be fully aware that a winless away run that has spanned eight league games needs to be brought to a swift end if the Gills are to have any hope of survival