“Kent Derby”: Gillingham vs Charlton Athletic preview

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Over 2,300 Addicks will be heading down to Priestfield Stadium to support their team on the rather local away day!

STATISTICS:

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Sky Bet League One table positions:

  • Gillingham: 18th
  • Charlton Athletic: 15th

Previous form:

  • Gillingham: DLLLD
  • Charlton Athletic: DWLDD

Season statistics:

Gillingham:

  • Wins: 4
  • Draws: 4
  • Defeats: 6
  • Goals For: 20
  • Goals Against: 26

Charlton Athletic:

  • Wins: 3
  • Draws: 7
  • Defeats: 3
  • Goals For: 16
  • Goals Against: 13

SQUAD DOUBTS:
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Gillingham:

  • Josh Wright (Skipper) – Suspended.
  • Deji Oshilaja (Defender) – Suspended.
  • Scott Wagstaff (Midfielder) – Groin injury.
  • Bradley Garmston (Full-Back) – Knee injury; close to returning and possible contention for Saturday.
  • Aaron Morris (Defender) – Knee injury.
  • Lee Martin (Midfielder) – Knee injury.

Charlton Athletic:

  • Jason Pearce (Centre-Back) – last minute check after missing Tuesday against Port Vale due to injury.
  • Ademola Lookman (Forward) – Tight hamstring injury; should be fit and ready for Saturday.
  • Kevin Foley (Midfielder) – Calf injury; still a doubt.
  • Ahmed Kashi (Midfielder) – Achilles injury; long-term.

SUMMARY:

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Charlton Athletic and Gillingham are two teams that no one predicted would be near the bottom of the table come a quarter of the way through this season. And both teams will be looking to take three points here. After a prolific 3-0 win against Coventry City, and arguably the best performance of the season in the first half against Port Vale, Slade will be looking to push ahead. Charlton are the drawing masters, with a strong backline and a commanding man in Declan Rudd, protecting the goal. There is no doubt, that as soon as Charlton start being clinical, taking their several chances and killing games off early on, the climb up the table will be rapid.

Gillingham had a fantastic season last year, only just missing the play-offs and it would seem that the Kent club, are experiencing a hangover of sorts. There have been calls for Justin Edinburgh to step down, and he will be looking to prove to his club that this is simply a bad spell, and this will change with a victory against Charlton Athletic.

Gillingham are clearly having a horrid run of form with a lack of confidence that a fluid and attacking Charlton side should be able to exploit, if they take forward their performance at Coventry and their first-half performance at Port Vale. Over 2,300 Addicks will be heading to Priestfield to back the team. The Addicks should win this “Kent Derby” rather comfortably.

Prediction: Gillingham 0 – 3 Charlton Athletic

COME ON YOU REDS, COME ON YOU ADDICKS, COME ON CHARLTON ATHLETIC!

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