Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Gillingham quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Hull City, with the team beating Wigan Athletic 3-2 on the road. The Gills aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but the game against Blackpool will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be midfielder Jordan Graham, who scored a brace in the triumph over the Latics.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, continue with their habit of producing much better displays at home than on the travels. Blackpool suffered a 1-0 loss at Plymouth in their opener, with the team beating Swindon 2-0 on home soil at the weekend. CJ Hamilton, who scored two goals in the triumph over Richie Wellens’ troops, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards at Priestfield Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Stuart O\'Keefe):
Stuart O’keefe is a an English footballer who started his senior career at Southend United. In August 2010 O’Keefe signed a one-year deal with Crystal Palace after impressing coach George Burley in a trial game against West Ham reserves.
The 173-cm-tall midfielder scored one goal in 36 appearances for the Eagles in the Premier League, finding the net in a 3-1 win over Sunderland on August 31, 2013. Stuart O’Keefe played for Blackpool on loan before moving to Cardiff City in the winter of 2015.
After his loan spells with Milton Keynes Dons, Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle, O’Keefe moved to Gillingham at the end of the 2018/2019 season. He made his League One debut with the club on August 3, 2019 in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as both defensive and attacking midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.