Gillingham make the trip to Blundell Park this weekend to face Grimsby Town in League Two. Grimsby need another win to their name in order to propel themselves further up the table, whereas The Gills will be aiming to take the top spot with a win.
Grimsby are sitting in 15th in League Two after five games. The Mariners have one win, three draws, one loss and six points. Of the four teams on six points, Grimsby and Crewe do have the same goal difference, but Crewe have scored four more goals.
The Mariners’ three draws came against Wimbledon, Mansfield Town and Walsall. Grimsby and Wimbledon played out a 0 - 0 draw on opening weekend whereas Abo Eisa scored The Mariners’ first goal in the 1 - 1 draw with Mansfield. The 1 - 1 draw against ten man Walsall also saw Eisa on the scorecard. The one loss came against Notts County where despite goals from Danny Rose and Harry Clifton, Grimsby lost 3 - 2. However, The Mariners win came against ten man Salford. Eisa grabbed his third and fourth goals of the season so far in the 2 - 0 win as Ossama Ashley was sent off.
With Grimsby out of the League Cup in the First Round, this midweek they faced Manchester City’s U21 team in the Football League Trophy. Clifton and Rekeil Pyke scored in the 2 - 2 draw, but Arthur Gnuahoua and Anthony Driscoll-Glennon both missed, giving ten man Man City the 4 - 2 win on penalties.
Gillingham currently sit second in League Two merely by virtue of goal difference as they are on equal points with MK Dons. In five games, The Gills have four wins and one loss leaving them on 12 points, but they’ve only scored four goals this season leaving them with a goal difference of one.
The Gills have four wins so far against Stockport, Accrington Stanley, Sutton United and Crawley Town. All of these wins have been by just one goal in four straight 1 - 0 wins. Robbie McKenzie scored the one goal against Stockport, Ashley Nadesan scored against Accrington and Sutton whereas a Harry Ransom own goal gave The Gills the win over Crawley. The one loss of the season for Gillingham came against the run of play against 22nd Colchester. Ethan Coleman was sent off late on as Fiacre Kelleher, Samson Tovide and Bradley Ihionvien all scored in a shock 3 - 0 win.
Gillingham faced Premier League Luton Town in the Second Round of the League Cup on Tuesday. Though Jayden Clarke and Tom Nichols managed to inspire a comeback, it was too late and The Hatters finished with a 3 - 2 win and a spot in the next round.
Grimsby and Gillingham have faced each other just 38 times in their histories, the first coming back in 1921. The Mariners do have the better record in the tie with 16 wins in comparison to The Gills’ 12 wins, however, draws are common, happening ten times. Though this weekend, like last time out between these two sides, Gillngham is likely to take the win.
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