Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Sunderland will be aiming to climb to the League One playoffs berth when they take on Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Black Cats have been struggling at the back of late. Following a 3-1 loss to Portsmouth, the promotion-chasing side played out a 2-2 draw with Rochdale, and, no doubt, they are eager to return to winning ways. The good news for the Black Casts is that midfielder Luke O’Nien returns to contention after serving his ban in the midweek game.
The Gills, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing each of their previous four league fixtures. Gillingham failed to find the net in the previous four league fixtures, meaning that Sunderland will not have a better chance than this to start a new winning run in the English third tier. First-choice goalkeeper Jack Bonham is sidelined with injury for the hosts.
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 (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.