Gillingham v Sheffield United Preview

September 3, 2016 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEnglish League One action Sunday afternoon comes from the MEMS Priestfield Stadium and features Gillingham versus Sheffield United.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 14:15pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Gillingham v Sheffield United Preview, League One, 4th September 2016

Gillingham have started their new season well and currently occupy 6th place in the league table having won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their opening five matches played.

However, there are some concerns about the amount of goals that they are conceeding as they currently sit top of the goals against table with minus 10 and that obviously needs to be addressed if they are to have any ambitions in securing promotion this season.

Sheffield United on the other hand have not had a good start at all to their new season and currently find themselves languishing in 20th position of the league table having won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3 of their opening five matches played.

Their main problem seems to be scoring goals as with just 4 goals scored in those five games they already look to be struggling and unless they can start scoring more they look to be in for a very tough season with a real threat of being involved in a relegation fight for their survival.

Gillingham Team News :

The hosts will be without Bradley Garmston, Aaron Morris and Lee Martin for this match as all three players continue to receive treatment for respective injury related problems. Baily Cargill and Jamie O’Hara could be handed starts since their moves from Bournemouth and Fulham.

Sheffield United Team News :

The visitors have no fresh injuries or suspensions to contend with. John Fleck came managed to come through the midweek cup match against Leicester with no further problems to his calf injury he has recently recovered from, so he should once again be involved in the starting lineup for this game.

Caolan Lavery, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Daniel Lafferty are all hoping to make their debuts for the club having joined during the summer transfer window.

Gillingham v Sheffield United Head to Head Statistics:

Sunday’s afternoon game from the MEMS Priestfield Stadium will become the 17th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Gillingham have managed to secure 5 wins overall with 3 of those having came with home advantage.

Sheffield United have also managed to secure 5 wins overall, with 4 of those having came away from home.

As we can see from our head to head to head statistics table shown below, recent meetings between the two clubs shows neither club having any clear advantage with both having won 2 games each, with the remaining match having finished all square.

09/04/16 LEO Sheffield United – Gillingham
0 : 0
08/08/15 LEO Gillingham – Sheffield United
4 : 0
07/02/15 LEO Gillingham – Sheffield United 2 : 0
27/09/14 LEO Sheffield United – Gillingham 2 : 1
19/02/14 LEO Gillingham – Sheffield United
0 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

35 Goals have been scored in the previous 16 meetings between the two clubs and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.19.

22 of those Goals have been scored in the 8 previous matches played between the two clubs at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of 2.75.

Based on both sets of data shown above, it would seem to suggest that this game should see between 2 or 3 goals scored on Sunday afternoon.

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Gillingham v Sheffield United Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Gillingham: D L W W L

Sheffield United: D L L W D

Gillingham hold a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed two wins, one draw and two defeats during their last five games played, compared to Sheffield United who have won one, drawn two and lost two of their previous five games played.

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Gillingham v Sheffield United Match Betting Odds Market

Gillingham head into this game as the clear favourites at current best odds available of 8/5 with Betfred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets when Registering a New Account to win on Sunday afternoon and with home advantage and having started the season well, this does look the value play here.

The Draw is a current a best price of 12/5 with SkyBet – Bet £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets when Registering a New Account and with recent statistics between the two clubs being very close indeed, getting on this game to finish all square as your main cover bet would be a sensible option.

Sheffield United are currently a best price of 9/5 with BetVictor – Bet £10 & Receive £60 for New Customers Registering an Account, to win this game away from home on Sunday afternoon and this does look a bit on the short side considering their recent form this season.

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Gillingham v Sheffield United Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

The hosts will fancy their chances here against a Sheffield United side that has only managed just one win in their opening five matches played and if the Gillingham defence can go about their job better then I do see the hosts winning this game on Sunday afternoon.

The head to head statistics show nothing between the two clubs from the previous sixteen meetings with both clubs having won five games each. However, when we take a closer look at the recent encounters, it does show Gillingham with a clear advantage having won twice and drawn one in the last three.

Sheffield United seem to have serious problems in their attack having scored on average less than one goal from their opening five matches played and I find it difficult to see that statistic changing in this game, despite Gillingham’s defence being the worst in the league.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this game is going to be for Gillingham to take the spoils with the victory as the players will no doubt be in confident mood having came back from 2-0 down in their last match away against Shrewsbury Town to win 3-2.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip is going to be for Gillingham striker Jay Thomas to continue where he left off from in that game after his excellent brace and score the opening goal of this match for his side.

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