Gillingham vs Bradford City Match Analysis & Prediction
11/12/2022 4:00 pm
Gillingham will be looking for a victory that will help them get out of the League Two relegation zone when they play host to Bradford City at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Sunday.
The hosts are currently sitting at the bottom of the league standings, while the visitors have ambitions at the other end of the table and will want to cement their spot in the playoff places.
Gillingham finished 21st in League One last season and got relegated by goal difference alone, so they will have expected to fare far better in the fourth tier than they have done so far, picking up just 14 points after 20 matches.
In league action, Neil Harris’ side have won just two matches all season, both of which came at Priestfield Stadium in games that finished 1-0, the most recent of which dating back to an encounter with Sutton United at the beginning of October.
The Gills have actually managed just six goals all season, an absolutely poor record, with the nearest low scorers Rochdale managing to get eight more.
In their last league game, it was more of the same for Gillingham, suffering a 3-0 defeat at home to Salford City, with three second-half goals ensuring that they continue to occupy a spot in the relegation zone.
However, there is some cause for optimism, with the Gills claiming a 3-2 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup on Thursday, finding their shooting boots at last to set up a third round tie with Leicester City.
Meanwhile, Bradford have been boosted by the appointment of former Premier League manager Mark Hughes, and they have made a solid start in his first full season as head coach at the University of Bradford Stadium.
Given their form on the road up to this point, the Bantams will be relishing the trip to Kent this weekend, as they boast the fourth-best away record in the division, picking up 19 points in their opening 10 matches.
Gillingham vs. Bradford City Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 30 occasions across all competitions, where Gillingham have claimed 13 victories while Bradford have won nine, and they have drawn in eight. Gillingham have scored 38 goals and conceded 34. In their last five meetings, Gillingham have won one, Bradford two with two draws.
04/02/2017Bradford City2Gillingham2League One
12/08/2017Gillingham0Bradford City1League One
24/03/2018Bradford City1Gillingham0League One
27/10/2018Gillingham4Bradford City0League One
22/04/2019Bradford City1Gillingham1League One
Gillingham Team News
Left-back Dave Tutonda returned to the squad after a knee injury and played full-time against Dagenham on Thursday, and should join Will Wright, Elkan Baggott and Max Ehmer in the backline.
Hakeeb Adelakun scored a winner in injury time in the week, and he should play just behind Lewis Walker in the Gillingham attack.
Gillingham's Last 5 Matches
19/11/2022Newport County2Gillingham0League Two
22/11/2022Crawley Town0Gillingham0League Two
26/11/2022Dagenham & Redbridge1Gillingham1FA Cup
03/12/2022Gillingham0Salford City3League Two
08/12/2022Gillingham3Dagenham & Redbridge2FA Cup
Bradford City Team News
Top scorer Andy Cook is a sure-fire starter in attack for Bradford City, having scored 13 league goals this season, the joint-highest tally of any player in the division.
Jamie Walker is on the path to recovery from a knee injury and could be battling for a starting place ahead of Harrison Chapman in midfield.
Bradford City's Last 5 Matches
08/11/2022Mansfield Town1Bradford City2League Two
12/11/2022Sutton United0Bradford City2League Two
19/11/2022Bradford City1Northampton Town3League Two
22/11/2022Salford City1Bradford City0EFL Trophy
03/12/2022Leyton Orient3Bradford City0League Two
Gillingham vs. Bradford City: Odds and Predictions
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