Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Blackpool and Gillingham, the two mid-table teams, take on each other at Bloomfield Road on Matchday 33. Blackpool desperately needed a win against Southend United and they managed to get one. The Seasiders put an end to their four-game losing run in the League One, but they have slim chances of securing a place in the play-offs. Anyhow, the hope dies last, and we are positive that Blackpool will go all guns blazing at Gillingham in the midweek fixture.
A man to watch in the home team will be French attacker Armand Gnanduillet, who scored a brace against the Shrimpers. The Gills, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous eleven league fixtures, but it has to be noted that they shared the spoils with their rivals in five of their last six league games. Considering that the triumph over Southend United gave Blackpool a confidence boost, we are tempted to put our money on the home side.
Highlighted Player (Sullay Kaikai):
Sullay Kaikai is an English footballer who plays for Blackpool as a winger. Kaikai is a product of Crystal Palace football academy and it has to be noted that he made three appearances in the league for the Eagles before starting his loan spell with Crawley Town.
The 182-cm tall footballer, who is capable of playing as both winger and attacking midfielder, then signed a loan deal with Cambridge United where he scored 5 goals in 25 appearances in the league. Sullay Kaikai played for the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Brentford and Charlton Athletic before moving to Netherlands.
Kaikai, though, made only six appearances for NAC Breda in the Eredivisie before returning to England. Sullay Kaikai signed a two-year deal with Blackpool in July, 2019 with an option of a further year. The Blackpool winger was born in Southwark, London on August 26, 1995.
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.