Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Gillingham play host to Ipswich Town at their Priestfield Stadium on day 24 of the current League One campaign. The Gills are not enjoying a season to remember, with the team sitting in the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s clash. The relegation strugglers are desperate to put an end to their nine-match winless run, but they face a difficult task in their first home game of the year.
The Tractor Boys, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wycombe in their last league match. Ipswich Town aim to keep their League One playoffs hopes alive, but seeing that the Gills want this triumph more than the Tractor Boys, we are tempted to put our money on Steve Evans’ troops. In their last meeting at the venue Gillingham defeated Ipswich 3-1, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
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 (Ipswich):
Ipswich Town are an English football club that was formed in 1878. Portman Road has been the home ground of Ipswich Town since 1894 and the capacity of the venue, which was expanded in 2002, is 30,311. The Tractor Boys compete in the Championship, but they used to play in the English Premier League in the past as well. Ipswich Town last appeared in the elite division in the 2001/2002 season.
Ipswich won the FA Cup in 1978, with the team beating Arsenal (1-0) in the title game. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1981 when they outplayed AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup final. It has to be noted that the Tractor Boys have yet to suffer a loss at home ground in the European competitions.
Norwich City are regarded as Ipswich Town’s bitterest rivals and it is well known that the two sides take on each other in the East Anglian derby.