Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Highbury Stadium will host Saturday’s League One game between Fleetwood and Gillingham, the two teams who are almost level on points in the standings. Fleetwood aim to build on a 3-0 win over Bolton, and a triumph over Gillingham could see them escape the relegation zone. Midfielder Harrison Biggins, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late, will be the man to watch in the home team.
The Gills, on the other hand, are on a four-game losing run in the English third tier. Steve Evans’ troops are eager to put an end to the negative trend, but given Fleetwood’s display in the midweek triumph, home win should be considered. Ryan Jackson serves a one-game ban as he was sent off in the 5-1 loss to Rotherham, whilst fellow defender Max Ehmer is likely to miss the game with injury.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 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.