Charlton Athletic vs. Gillingham: Betting tips, predictions, odds, & match preview
Gillingham make the short journey from Kent into London, all too aware that their play-off hopes are beginning to fade. The Priestfield outfit are now 9 points off hosts Charlton Athletic in 6th position, albeit with a game in hand. Both teams should be relatively fresh for Saturday’s encounter, with neither having played in midweek. Steve Evans’ side have to start winning matches against the clubs they hope to catch in order to stand even the remotest chance.
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Charlton Athletic vs Gillingham: Predictions
There are grumblings once more in the ‘virtual’ Rainham End that it doesn’t feel as though manager Steve Evans is living up to his pledge to take the club forwards in terms of its league performance. Whilst The Gills did manage to be in the top half in the curtailed 2019/2020 campaign, they have at present gone slightly backwards, sitting 16th, but still closer in terms of points to the play-offs than to the four relegation spaces.
In recent weeks, Charlton Athletic have turned over the teams most neutrals would expect them to, based on relative standings in League One, but have really struggled against the fellow heavy hitters, losing at Peterborough and last week, being soundly beaten at The Valley by Portsmouth.
Lee Bowyer prefers to keep things simple with a 4-4-2 formation, and it’s up front where the strength of his XI lies. Jayden Stockley, on loan from Preston North End, is one of the most impressive target men outside the top two divisions, and has already scored at his temporary side whilst massively helping them retain the ball for longer periods in attack. Strike partner Chuks Aneke also excels in the air, and uses short bursts of speed to lull the opposition defences out of false senses of security, as he tends to be conservative in his movement otherwise.
Meanwhile, Evans’ likely lineup is perhaps surprisingly strongest in midfield; Jordan Graham has arguably been their player of the season to date, and has racked up seven goals exclusively from wide positions. Kyle Dempsey can operate anywhere in central midfield to equal efficacy, and is a danger to the hosts on Saturday with late runs to rifle home loose balls on the edge of the box.
Bowyer can expect Gillingham to come west and attack from the off, and put his side under considerable pressure, especially in the middle of the park. It might take a big effort to fight them off, perhaps even having to come from behind to gain the three points.
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Charlton Athletic vs Gillingham: Match Stats
The Addicks have easily conceded the most of any side in the current top six, shipping 35 in 27 games to date.
They are also the worst overall on the disciplinary front, having received 56 yellows and five reds already in 2020/2021.
Chuks Aneke is the 9th highest stop scorer in the league, contributing 10 (24%) of the red and white outfit’s 41 in the third tier to date.
The last six games are the epitome of a mixed bag for the Kent outfit – two wins, two draws, and two defeats.
The Gills have won 53.5% of their aerial battles, which is the 5th most in the division, and perhaps not too surprising under the guidance of Steve Evans.
Target man Vadaine Oliver has contributed the same number of assists (five) as he has goals (five) in the league, and has been a solid addition overall to the XI.