A Gillingham side in desperate need of a win welcome Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink’s Burton Albion to the Priestfield Stadium this weekend in League One.
After a 13th consecutive game without a win last weekend, when Gillingham were hammered 4-0 at home by Ipswich Town, Steve Evans left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. Steve Lovell will come in to replace Evans as caretaker manager with a monumental task on his hands, as a run of one point from a possible 21 has left the Gills seven points from safety having played two games more than Wimbledon who vacate the position just above the relegation zone. The Priestfield Stadium has not felt like home either this season, as Gillingham have picked up just nine points from their 11 home league games in League One, the worst in the division.
This makes good reading for their next opponents, Burton, who have suffered from consistent inconsistency all season. A remarkable run of results between October and December which saw them lose twice and then win twice three times back-to-back, means their position dead centre in mid-table comes as no surprise. Their tie at Cheltenham last week saw them draw their first match in over three months, with the promising Daniel Jebbison scoring his fifth goal in six games, but being so far from both the playoff places and the relegation zone already renders Burton’s season near enough over.
The last five meetings between the sides have been relatively low-key affairs, with two narrow one-goal Burton victories here at the Priestfield Stadium and three draws at Burton’s Pirelli Stadium, including a 1-1 stalemate in September. Just eight goals were scored across the previous five head-to-heads.
Gillingham have scored just two goals in their last eight matches and only bottom-placed Doncaster Rovers have scored fewer goals in League One. Therefore, our tip is for Burton to beat the Gills to nil this weekend, given their current crisis in confidence, available at odds of 5/2.