Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
A sport in the EFL Cup round 4 will be at stake when Stoke City and Gillingham face each other at Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Potters did well to beat Wolverhampton at Molineux Stadium in their EFL Cup opener, and it should come as no surprise bookies see them as favourites to beat the League One side at home. Stoke aim to bounce back from a 2-0 Championship loss to Bristol City, and they are surely capable of eliminating the Gills in the EFL Cup last 32.
Gillingham aim to build on the League One win over Wigan Athletic, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match. Considering that over the years Stoke City have turned their Bet365 Stadium into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Joe Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe.
Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon.
Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (Gillingham):
Founded back in 1893, Gillingham FC are an English club that compete in the League One. The Gills are well known for their blue shirts with black stripes, but they wear white shirts with a little yellow and blue, and yellow shirts when playing on the travels.
Priestfield Stadium is the club’s home ground, with the venue holding up to 11,582 spectators. Gillingham City have been playing at the stadium since the club’s foundation. Speaking of the club’s main rivals, over the years the Gills have built up a rivalry to Swindon Town. However, it has to be noted that Swindon fans do not consider Gillingham their biggest rivals.
Former goalkeeper Roy Hillyard is the Gillingham City player with the most appearances. The English shot-stopper played for Gillingham City from 1974 to 1991, making 655 appearances for the club. Brian Yeo is the team’s all-time top scorer, netting 149 goals in 387 appearances for the club from 1963 to 1975.