Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Sunderland will be aiming to extend their winning run at home to four games in all competitions when they welcome Coventry City at their Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have been impressive in front of home fans of late, with the team beating the likes of Milton Keynes Dons, Tranmere Rovers and Southend United, which makes them hot favourites to win their FA Cup opener against Gillingham.
The Gills, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Sunderland’s party at Stadium of Light. Seeing that Steve Evans’ troops experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Rotherham United in their last league match, we are positive that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Tyne and Wear.
Highlighted Player (Duncan Watmore):
Duncan Watmore is an English footballer who started his youth career at the famous Manchester United football academy. The 175-cm-tall winger then joined Altrincham at the age of 16 and he continued playing for the lower-league club at senior level.
After scoring 15 goals in 48 appearances for the club in the league, Watmore moved to Sunderland in 2013, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Clitheroe and Curzon Ashton on loan as well during his spell with Altrincham.
During the 2014/2015 season he played 9 games for the Scottish Premier League club Hibernian, but he returned to Sunderland at the end of the campaign. Duncan Watmore has 13 caps for the England U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His main position is winger, but he is capable of producing fine performances as centre-forward as well.
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.