Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Burton Albion at their Stadium of Light, Sunderland will be looking to return to winning ways in the League One when they face Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium. The Black Cats are eyeing promotion to the Championship, but they will have to be at their sharpest in the remainder of the season if they are to turn their dream into reality.
Sunderland failed to find the net in the last three league fixtures, but they are surely capable of matching Gillingham, who sit in the bottom half of the standings ahead of Matchday 20. Seeing that the Gills are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Priestfield Stadium. It has to be noted that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last two meetings in competitive matches.
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 (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.