Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Priestfield Stadium will host Tuesday’s EFL Cup game between Gillingham and Southampton, the two teams who meet for the first time since 2010 when they faced each other in the League One. Back then the Gills defeated the Saints, but circumstances have significantly changes since then. Southampton are seen as hot favourites to win the EFL Cup showdown and given their fine display in a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, away triumph should be considered.
Che Adams, who scored the winner at Hillsbourough, is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while all Bella-Kotchap, Larios, and Perraud have been struggling with injuries of late. The Gills, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stockport County, but given the number of high-profile players in Russell Martin’s team, we are tempted to put our money on the Championship outfit.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.