Gillingham vs Walsall
English League One
Date: Saturday, 19 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: MEMS Priestfield Stadium (Gillingham).
Gillingham are flying high at the start of the year. They have a 100 per cent record with two wins from two matches and will be looking to keep it going on Saturday against bottom-half counterparts Walsall. A win on Matchday No 28 at MEMS Priestfield Stadium would see the Gills go off their rivals who sit just a single point above them in the 17th position of the league ladder coming into the tie.
Steve Lovell’s men grabbed a huge Premier League scalp on the first weekend of 2019 when they saw off Cardiff City 1-0 at home in the third round of the FA Cup. The Gills will play another Welsh outfit Swansea City in the next round on the last weekend in January. Can they keep the good form going and make it three wins on the spin in all competitions here against the Saddlers?
Gillingham vs Walsall: Head-to-head
The head to head record do3es not quite speak in Gillingahm’s favour though.
The visitors leaf the H2H tie by nine wins ahead of 34th encounter with the Gills.
Walsall ended a run of four straight matches (two draws and losses apiece) without a victory against Gillingham in mid-August last year when they picked up a 2-1 victory at The Banks’s Stadium.
Gillingham vs Walsall: Prediction
Midfielder Josh Rees bagged his first goal of the season for Gillingham to secure a massive three-pointer away at Burton Albion last weekend. Lovell’s troops showed a fantastic character on the occasion as they won the match in spite of dropping a two-goal cushion early in the second half.
The hosts will have a nice opportunity to produce another high-scoring display here if we know about massive troubles Walsall have with their defensive showings of late. The visitors lost four and drew one of past five games across competitions (are winless in last seven) conceding two or more goals in each of outings in the process.
Dean Keates’ men allowed seven goals in last two defeats to Bolton Wanderers and Scunthorpe United. Gillingham are thus well worth backing to win this at the 2.37 odds.
Gillingham vs Walsall: Bet Tips
Gillingham to win @ 2.37 (11/8)
Gillingham Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.25 (5/4).