Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Gillingham and Northampton face each other at Priestfield Stadium on day 18 of the new League Two campaign. The Gills aim to escape the danger zone, but given their difficulties in front of goal, home win should not be considered. Hakeeb Adelakun should be recalled to the starting XI after coming as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Doncaster.
The Cobblers, on the other hand, aim to stay in automatic promotion berth, and seeing that Gillingham have been struggling up front of late, we predict that Jon Brady’s troops are eager to pick up all three points from the match. In their last meeting in the English third tier the two teams played out a 2-2 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on Northampton this time out as they are more of a team than Gillingham. All Shaun McWilliams, Harvey Lintott, and Akinwale Odimayo are pushing for recalls after the trio came from the bench in the FA Cup defeat to Chesterfield.
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 (Northampton):
Northampton are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The Cobblers play their home matches at Sixfields Stadium, the venue that has a capacity of 7,798. Northampton Town are well known for their claret and white home kit, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Northampton did well to make it to the Charity Shield final in 1909, with the team suffering a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in the title game. The Cobblers are holding the record for the shortest time taken to secure promotion from the bottom tier to the top flight and relegated back down to the bottom again. Northampton Town managed to do so in only nine years.
Peterborough united are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with other significant rivalries including the likes of Oxford United, Milton Keynes Dons, Cambridge United, Coventry City, and Rushden & Diamonds.