Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Gillingham will be aiming to build on a thrilling win over promotion-chasing Peterborough United when they take on Northampton on Matchday 44. The Gills revived their playoffs hopes thanks to the midweek triumph, but they need to keep on impressing in the season finale if they are to secure a top-six finish. Callum Slattery remains on the sidelines through injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Cobblers, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Ipswich, and they managed to get one in style. Northampton managed to keep their survival hopes alive, but given the number of absentees in the away team, we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing hosts this time out. All Kioso, Marshall, Sowerby, Arnold, Miller, and Ashley-Seal are likely to miss the game with injuries.
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 (Northampton):
Northampton are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The Cobblers play their home matches at Sixfields Stadium, the venue that has a capacity of 7,798. Northampton Town are well known for their claret and white home kit, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Northampton did well to make it to the Charity Shield final in 1909, with the team suffering a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in the title game. The Cobblers are holding the record for the shortest time taken to secure promotion from the bottom tier to the top flight and relegated back down to the bottom again. Northampton Town managed to do so in only nine years.
Peterborough united are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with other significant rivalries including the likes of Oxford United, Milton Keynes Dons, Cambridge United, Coventry City, and Rushden & Diamonds.