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Gillingham vs Southampton Predictions

Published on 6:45pm GMT 8 August 2023

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Gillingham
Southampton

Both Teams To Score

Reason for tip

Gillingham started the season with an impressive 1-0 win at Stockport and will be looking to take the game to Southampton,. The Gills have scored in seven consecutive home games and can find a way through against a visiting defence that may have been rotated. However, Saints boss Russell Martin is expected to name a strong team regardless so goals at both ends appeal.

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Southampton 2-1

Reason for tip

Southampton were playing in the Premier League last season and should have the quality to win this game against fourth tier opponents even if they do decide to make a few changes. The Gills can keep it competitive, and a 2-1 win for the visitors appeals.

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Gillingham vs Southampton Predictions

  • Gillingham have made some shrewd signings over the summer.
  • The Gills kicked off the season with an eye-catching win at Stockport,
  • Southampton could be tempted to rotate for this cup clash.

Gills can provide test for Saints

Gillingham underlined their credentials as potential League Two promotion candidates with a 1-0 win at Stockport over the weekend and now have a chance to test themselves against Southampton.

Saints made a perfect start to their bid to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt with a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday, but may be tempted top rotate for this EFL Cup assignment.

Both teams to score a clear starting point

If Saints name their strongest side or close to it they should be able to avoid a cup upset here but the best bet could be both teams to score.

The Gills look to have recruited well over the summer and had a good scoring record at home towards the end of last season, having scored in each of their last seven home games.

Both teams have scored in five of Southampton’s last six competitive games and they haven’t managed a clean sheet since March – a run stretching 13 games and 18 if their five pre-season friendlies are included.

A Gillingham goal may prove to be just a consolation, however, as Saints boss Russell Martin should name a team strong enough to win this game. The St Mary’s club will be looking to build some momentum after beating Wednesday and a 2-1 win looks a reasonable correct score prediction.


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