Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Sunderland will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ipswich Town when they take on Gillingham at their Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have been in a fine form of late, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to return to the Championship. The Black Cats have been impressive at the back in 2021, and we are positive that they will rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s clash.
Conor McLaughlin remains in the recovery room, but he should be the only absentee in the home team. The Gills, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra. Gillingham have been producing fine displays in the second half of the season as well, but they will have a big fish to fry in the Stadium of Light showdown. In the first half of the season Sunderland defeated Gillingham, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Will Grigg):
Wighan Athletic striker Will Grigg became a viral sensation during the European Championship in France but the chances are any avid football fan will have been well aware of his goalscoring exploits even before 2016. The 27-year-old forward began his career at Stratford Town but it was in Walsall that the world took notice of his presence after 27 goals in 99 performances for the club.
He first came to prominence during the 2012/13 season when he was voted the club’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season, but a loan spell at Milton Keynes Dons during his rather unfortunate two-year spell over at Brentford proved crucial for his career.
The total of 20 goals in 44 appearances at Stadium MK was where Wigan Athletic noticed the Northern Ireland man and moved in to sign him on a three year contract for a £1 million fee in 2015. ‘Will Grigg’s on Fire’ was the hit song of the Euro 2016 even though the Northern Ireland striker ended up not getting a chance to make a bow in the tournament.
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.