Gillingham (A) 19th January, 3pm


#1

"There once was a young man of Kent… "

(First line of a traditional limerick)

We played the Gills way back in August, winning 2-1 and strengthening our place among the early season front-runners in League One. Our goals that day were from Morgan Ferrier and Isaiah Osbourne, and our defence on Saturday will probably be identical, the only absentee being Jack Fitzwater. In alliterative terms this season has seen us successively soaring, stuttering, stumbling and staggering to 16th place, and as Gillingham are only one place and a single point behind us it seems likely on current form that we will be leap-frogged in the same manner as last week by Scunthorpe United. That game clearly illustrated the perils of not keeping close tabs on the opposition’s biggest threat … in the Iron’s case it was Lee Novak, and Gillingham’s leading scorer (by a country mile) is Tom Eaves, who has 15 goals to his name. The sheer unpredictability of some clubs is perhaps highlighted by Gillingham though - there won’t be many clubs at the end of the season who have done the double over Portsmouth, but Gillingham have already achieved that, winning 2-0 in both games … current form:-

15 Dec Wycombe Wanderers (H) Drew 2-2
22 Dec Charlton Athletic (A) Lost 2-0
26 Dec Portsmouth (H) Won 2-0
29 Dec Doncaster Rovers (H) Lost 1-3
1 Jan Southend United (A) Lost 2-0
12 Jan Burton Albion (A) Won 2-3

Plenty of rumours flying around concerning Dean Keates’ activities in the January transfer window as he tries to find some kind of formula for putting points on the board rather than frittering them away. Our current form is easily the joint worst in League One, having only picked up 2 points from the last five games - we share this achievement with the execrable Oxford United. The departures of Jack Fitzwater and Russell Martin (not to mention Josh Ginnelly) have led to all sorts of ex-Saddler names being linked to a return to Bescot - Paul Downing, James Wilson, Jordy Hiwula, Matt Preston, Malvind Benning, Antony Gerrard, even Milan Lalkovic - but as the Express & Star constantly says … “All quiet at the Banks’s”.

Prediction? An away win admittedly looks extremely unlikely but in the spirit of completely unjustified optimism that has been the bedrock of supporting Walsall for many years, let’s hope for a 1-1 draw, with an Andy Cook equaliser cancelling out Tom Eaves’ opener for the Gills (which we will have conceded in the first 10 minutes as is our custom).

UTS


#2

Optimistically, I will also go for a 1:1 battling draw (a clean sheet is out of the question) with a Jarvis free-kick after 82 minutes saving our blushes after conceding a penalty after 3 minutes.

On a brighter note, at least Gillingham no longer have Cody McDonald!


#3

2-0 loss. We’re going down.


#4

If Gillingham get the ball anywhere near our box in the 90 minutes they will score. Cant see anything other than another loss I hate to say.


#5

Not going to this. Been to this the last few seasons but my feeling towards the club is at an all time low so I just can’t be bothered. Off to Wales instead for the Welsh league cup final😁

I think we’re gonna lose this one though 2-1. Hope I’m wrong.


#6

If we had replaced the defenders that have left by now I’d back us to win. But Guthrie is starting to resemble last years pale imitation of a centre half, the two attacking wing backs playing as full backs look exactly like two attacking wing backs playing as full backs and Johnson, through no fault of his own, is a kid that has been thrown into a dire situation and asked to cope (although that does make me question why we loaned him in the first place?).

I’ll optimistically go for a 1-1 draw. Not the worst result in the world away from home.


#7

Until we have any new defenders in I don’t back us to win any game any time soon

3-1 loss - really hope I’m wrong


#8

Our away form in the league is not good. Since beating Bristol Rovers in October we’ve taken two points from six away matches and shipped 14 goals.

Would be grateful for a draw.


#9

I’m going, unfortunately :disappointed:


#10

Hope those that go have a great day. I think we will lose 1-3.Sorry!


#11

Can’t keep a clean sheet to save our lives, always seem to be able to find the net at the other end though. However then we go on to capitulate and get thumped. Based on that i’m going for 0-0.


#12

Going for a Gills home win on my accumulator


#13

5-1 to the gills . Will get everyone spitting feathers in time for the meeting on monday😂


#14

4-1 loss, can’t see anything else but would be delighted and surprised by a point


#15

I’m going to go against the majority and say a 2-1 win. With only 1 win in last 12 we are due a win even the worst teams win sometimes.


#16

We haven’t a hope in hell of getting anything out of this one, 3-0 defeat at best.


#17

unfortunately I can see a big loss here, probably 3-1 and Deano coming under increasing pressure ahead of the fans focus meeting - I really hope I’m wrong but I just get feeling we have ran out of ideas this time… sorry Deano


#18

Have they sold Tom Eaves yet?

Not a bad record recently down there but like many another defeat I think unless the 11 is seriously strengthened.

4-2.


#19

3-0…


#20

2-2

Cook
Guthrie