Gillingham vs Walsall betting tips, predictions and preview for this week’s League One fixture including an anytime goalscorer tip.
There’s a really important clash at the top of League One on Tuesday night as Walsall visit the Priestfield Stadium to take on Gillingham and we’ve picked out the best bets for the match. Both these sides are looking to confirm their places in the play-off picture come the end of the season and there’s every chance they could meet again in May.
Having seen both of these teams in action at the weekend, Gillingham can consider themselves lucky to leave Brammall lane with a point. They were under the cosh from a Sheffield United side who were desperate to put pressure on the teams above for a play-off position, but they defended resolutely and came away with a share of the spoils.
It leaves Justin Edinburgh’s side with three consecutive clean sheets, which is a huge boost, but the goals have noticeably dropped off of late. The return of Bradley Dack will give Gills fans hope though and the highly-rated midfielder got 8 minutes on Saturday after coming off the bench.
He will hopefully be fit enough to start this match or play a bigger part from the bench after returning from an injury lay-off. The best chances for Gillingham fell to Oshilaja in South Yorkshire and the big defender was always a threat from set-pieces, but Edinburgh will be hoping the likes of Luke Norris are able to find their shooting boots in time for the play-offs.
As a result of Millwall’s three points against Shrewsbury, these two sides now occupy 5th and 6th positionvand are level on points. Gillingham have played a game extra though. There is a nice six-point cushion between these two teams and 7th place Barnsley and each will be hoping to add a little more breathing space with three points here.
Walsall slipped to their second consecutive away defeat at the weekend at Boundary Park. Relegation threatened Oldham are battling hard though and under John Sheridan, they’ve kept four consecutive clean sheets and are looking impressively resolutely.
The Saddlers had a few chances on Saturday, but probably didn’t create enough overall. When Tom Bradshaw or Jordy Hiwula did wriggle through, they found a combination of Anthony Gerrard, James Wilson and Goalkeeper on hand to stop them.
They still look a very decent side and a sure thing for a play-off place, but they’re having a little wobble at the wrong time. It’s never easy playing three consecutive away matches though, but they’ve failed to find the net in the previous two and will be hoping for better here. Jon Whitney has urged Walsall fans not to panic and is confident that they can turn things around. Three points for either side would take them above Millwall and Bradford and into 3rd place.
The aforementioned Bradley Dack should come back into the side if Justin Edinburgh believes he is fit enough for a start. The worst possible scenario would be to aggravate the problem and risk losing him for the play-offs.
Jake Hessenthaler suffered an injury in the first half and was replaced by George Williams. The Fulham loanee did well, but may start on the bench again. There’s no news of how long Hessenthaler will be absent for, but the Gills are well-stocked in that area. Andrew Crofts came in and should continue his run in the side.
It was a concern to see Tom Bradshaw limping off midway through the second half for the Saddlers and the frontman is unlikely to make it for this quick turnaround. Jordan Cook replaced him in the side, but it remains to be seen whether Whitney will opt for Cook and Hiwula up front or play a lone frontman with Romaine Sawyers in behind. Whitney has been accused of tinkering the formation and the personnel too much and Anthony Forde was brought back in from the cold for Saturday’s game.
Gillingham are on a six match unbeaten run and it’s hard to envisage that coming to an end here. They look defensively sound and the return of the talismanic Dack should provide a little more creativity and opportunity to increase their recent poor goal return. Walsall have looked shaky on the road in the last couple of weeks and really didn’t create enough to justify backing here. My first Gillingham v Walsall prediction is for Gillingham to win.
The best odds for Gillingham to beat Walsall are 8/5 with William Hill.
Due to their recent mean defensive record and their consecutive 0-0 draws, the price on unders is shorter than we would have liked, but still backable. My second football prediction for Gillingham v Walsall is for Under 2.5 goals. It can be backed at 7/10 with William Hill.
Assuming he starts, I’m going to have to go for the returning Dack. With none of the other Gillingham players pulling up trees in the goalscoring field, the midfielder has to be the bet. If you fancy a riskier bet, Adedji Oshilaja came close on a couple of occasions at the weekend and with 14/1 with Paddy Power to score anytime, may also be worth a play. My third Gillingham v Walsall betting tip is for Bradley Dack to score anytime. He is 13/5 with Stan James to score anytime.
Gillingham to win – get the best odds 8/5 with William Hill.
Under 2.5 goals – get the best odds 7/10 with William Hill.
Bradley Dack to score anytime – get the best odds 13/5 with Stan James.
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