Oxford Utd vs Gillingham
English League One
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: The Kassam Stadium (Oxford).
Oxford United made a slow kick off to the new League One campaign, but they grew in confidence to make it six straight league matches without a defeat. Can they maintain such fine thread and stay unbeaten on Saturday afternoon when Gillingham come to visit The Kassam Stadium?
The U’s still have an uphill battle to climb to move into safe waters though. They are 21st at the moment. A win here could move them lock on points with fellow strugglers Gillingham and this tie actually has ingredients of being a relegation six-pointer.
The visitors have been playing hit and cold since the start of the campaign. They seemed to have caught the wanted rhythm after back-to-back demolishing clean sheet wins at home over Bradford City (4-0) and Fleetwood Town (3-0). However, Steve Lovell’s troops quickly returned to the old habits falling 0-1 to Blackpool in the previous league action (also at home).
Oxford Utd vs Gillingham: Head-to-head
Teams snatched the same number of wins (5) in 14 head to head games so far.
Oxford United were much more successful in three matches against the Gills last season.
The U’s picked up four points from two league clashes against Gillingham, while they also saw off the Gills 1-2 in the EFL Trophy affair at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
Oxford Utd vs Gillingham: Prediction
Both sides failed to create in the final third in their respective FA Cup outings last weekend. The hosts drew to Forest Green Rovers, while Gillingham could not break the deadlock in a goalless draw at Hartlepool United.
The hosts will have to pay a close look at Gillingham’s talisman Tom Eaves who notched as many as 11 goals so far in the season. They’ve done well to defend their own goal lately, especially at home where the team kept three consecutive clean sheets.
We expect a low-scoring contest based on team’s most recent displays. The Under 2.5 goals FT is a must-take pick at the 1.95 odds here.
Oxford Utd vs Gillingham: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.95 (19/20)
Draw at the half time @ 2.20 (6/5).