Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Priestfield Stadium will host Sunday’s football game between Gillingham and Rochdale. The Gills did well to hold Ipswich Town to a goalless draw on Boxing Day, with the team extending their unbeaten run in the League One to four games. Gillingham are stuck in the middle of the table ahead of Matchday 24, but a win over Rochdale could see them move a little closer to the play-offs berth.
Alex Jakubiak returns to the starting XI against the Dale, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Rochdale, on the other hand, do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. The visitors suffered seven defeats in the last eight league fixtures, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Gills’ party at Priestfield Stadium. You should bear in mind that Gillingham are eyeing their fourth consecutive win at home in the league.
Highlighted Player (Ousseynou Cisse):
Born in Suresnes, France on April 7, 1991, Ousseynou Cisse is a defensive midfielder who plays for Gillingham in the League One. After spending his youth career at Jouy-le-Moutier, Paris Saint-Germain and Amiens, Cisse continued playing for les Licornes at senior level, making 36 league appearances for the club.
The 195-cm-tall footballer played for the likes of Dijon, Rayo Vallecano, Wassland-Beveren (loan), Tours and Milton Keynes Dons as well before signing a deal with League One side Gillingham in the summer of 2019.
Ousseynou Cisse joined the Gills on a free transfer effective and he is expected to make his League One debut August 3, 2019, when Gillingham kick off the new season with a match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The French player is mostly used as a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a centre-back as well.
Highlighted Team (Rochdale):
Nicknamed the Dale, Rochdale are a professional English club that compete in the League One (English third tier). Rochdale were founded back in 1907, after World War I, with the team beating Accrington Stanley 6-3 in their first league game 14 years later.
The Dale wear blue shirts with black stripes and blue shorts when playing at home, whilst gray is the dominant colour of their away kit. Spotland Stadium is the club’s home ground, with the venue holding no more than 10,249 spectators. Bury and Oldham Athletic are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have built up rivalries with the likes of Halifax Town, Burnley, Stockport County, Wigan Athletic and Accrington Stanley as well.
Back in 1962 Rochdale made it to the Football League Cup final, with the team facing Norwich City in the title game. The Canaries proved to be a big catch for the Dale, but this is still considered the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the Spotland Stadium outfit have three Lancashire Cup titles as well (1948/1949, 1970/1971, 2004/2005).