Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Oxford United will look to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Cheltenham Town when they take on Gillingham in the League One round 9. The Yellows continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, with the team recording three wins in the previous four home games at their Kassam Stadium. Karl Robinson is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation, with Matt Taylor up front as a centre-forward.
The Gills, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic. Gillingham are on a four-game winless run in the League One, and seeing that Oxford United have turned their Kassam Stadium into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Kent empty-handed. The good news for the visiting team is that midfielder Stuart O’Keefe returns from suspension.
Highlighted Player (James Henry):
James Henry was born in Reading on 10 June, 1989, but he grew up in Woodley. He began playing football at his home-town club Woodley Saints, but he made progress during his spell at Reading’s youth academy. Henry is a winger who is capable of playing as a centre midfielder as well, but he failed to score for Reading in 10 league appearances for the club.
After ending his loan spells with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Norwich City and Millwall, he signed a permanent deal with the Lions on 28 July, 2010. Henry signed a three-year deal with Millwall and he made his home debut in a 4-0 win over Hull City.
It has to be noted that Henry played for both Scotland and England at youth level in the past, but he has yet to make his debut for the first team. Henry was born in England, but his parents are Scottish and, as a result, he is eligible to play for both England and Scotland.
Highlighted Team (Gillingham):
Founded back in 1893, Gillingham FC are an English club that compete in the League One. The Gills are well known for their blue shirts with black stripes, but they wear white shirts with a little yellow and blue, and yellow shirts when playing on the travels.
Priestfield Stadium is the club’s home ground, with the venue holding up to 11,582 spectators. Gillingham City have been playing at the stadium since the club’s foundation. Speaking of the club’s main rivals, over the years the Gills have built up a rivalry to Swindon Town. However, it has to be noted that Swindon fans do not consider Gillingham their biggest rivals.
Former goalkeeper Roy Hillyard is the Gillingham City player with the most appearances. The English shot-stopper played for Gillingham City from 1974 to 1991, making 655 appearances for the club. Brian Yeo is the team’s all-time top scorer, netting 149 goals in 387 appearances for the club from 1963 to 1975.