Gillingham v Portsmouth Betting Tips & Odds – 07/10/17

Gillingham v Portsmouth Betting Tips & Odds – 07/10/17

Gillingham v Portsmouth

Gillingham v Portsmouth Betting Tips & Odds

In our Gillingham v Portsmouth betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Manager-less Gillingham welcome Portsmouth to Priestfield looking to claim a much needed three points. The Gills are currently down in 23rd position after eleven games which saw manager Ady Pennock sacked, with the club now searching for a long term replacement. Peter Taylor is currently in temporary charge of the club and he has a huge task on his hands trying to get them back on track. The visitors come into the weekend seven points and eight places better off than their opponents, but there are a few fans unhappy with how things have gone so far. Kenny Jackett’s men won promotion from League Two back in May and they were expected to challenge for it again this time round, which is yet to happen.

Gillingham v Portsmouth

Peter Taylor is currently in caretaker control of Gillingham whilst the club continue their search for a new long term manager

Manager-less Gills in desperate need of three points

This season was always expected to be a difficult one for Gillingham Football Club after a disappointing 16/17. The Gills went from a ninth placed finish in the 15/16 campaign to almost suffering relegation last term. The club finished 20th and stayed up by just a point on the final day, so it’s safe to say that fans were anxious coming into this season. And their fears haven’t been quashed yet either, with the club getting off to a dreadful start which saw boss Ady Pennock pay the price with his job. He’s left the Gills down in 23rd position with just one win to their name and they really need to improve soon if they want to avoid being dragged into another relegation dog fight.

The Gills have a real tough run of fixtures on the horizon against the likes of Peterborough, Wigan & Rotherham all to come so it’s essential that they get a manager in place and make Priestfield a fortress. If they’re to do anything this season they must improve their home form which makes this a huge game. They’ve actually only lost one of their last three in front of their own supporters and kept back-to-back clean sheets which will only breed confidence, but this will be a tough test. Shaun Derry is the odds on favourite to replace Pennock and if the new man does come in next week we’re expecting him to come into this on the back of a disappointing result on Sunday.

Gillingham v Portsmouth

Tom Eaves will be Gillingham’s biggest threat here, with him scoring their goal in their sole home win of the season against Charlton back in mid-September

Inconsistent Portsmouth looking to build some positive momentum

Portsmouth come into the weekend in fifteenth position and on the back of three defeats in their last five games, but they’ll see it as a real opportunity to claim a much needed three points. Since lifting the League Two title back in May under then boss Paul Cook, Pompey have been very inconsistent, with them failing to deliver the performances that we’ve come to expect from them over the last few months. It’s been a tough start to life at Fratton Park for Kenny Jackett but we all know how capable he is in League One, with him winning promotion from the third tier on two occasions with both Millwall & Wolves. That is the aim this year with Pompey but it will be tough in a very competitive division.

Portsmouth come into the weekend on the back of a shock defeat last time out, going down 2-1 to another manager-less side in Oldham Athletic. The Latics were expected to be beaten comfortably by Pompey but a goal in each half from former striker Eoin Doyle sealed the victory for the visitors, despite a late Brett Pitman consolation. That result was typical of Portsmouth this season, with them dominating proceedings but just being unable to capitalise on it. Now they’ll be looking to bounce back and if they play to the best of their ability, they should come out on top here. They have players capable of unlocking any defence in the division with the likes of Kal Naismith, Conor Chaplin and Matthew Kennedy & in Brett Pitman they have a man who knows where the back of the net is. He’s the divisions top scorer with 9 goals in 11 appearances which makes him look a great shout to net anytime at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.

Gillingham v Portsmouth

Kenny Jackett will be demanding a response from his side following their disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Oldham last time out

Odds

This is a huge game for both of these sides in League One, with both clubs underperforming this season. The hosts are second from bottom of the division with just seven points from their opening eleven games and one win, but if you think they’ll claim a second here you can get them at 16/5 with SkyBet. The visitors were expected to challenge for promotion this season but inconsistency has really cost them, but they have more than enough quality to come through this clash which makes them 9/10 favourites with BetStars – the draw comes in at 5/2 (betway)

Recommended Bets:

Portsmouth to win: (Best Priced at 9/10 at BetStars) BET HERE

Brett Pitman to score anytime: (Best Priced at 5/4 at Ladbrokes) BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 1/1 at betfair) BET HERE

Gillingham v Portsmouth

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