Gills v Colchester: Preview & Predictions

Tomorrow sees the visit of struggling Colchester United, a side that we beat in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.

We start the game ten points above them and will start favourites, but this could be a little closer than it may have been a couple of week ago.

Don’t get us wrong because, Chesterfield aside, the Gills are not playing badly, but they have only collected one win in the last six.

That was the 3-0 thumping of Swindon Town, and in between they have taken creditable draws from games against Doncaster and Bristol City, but they haven’t won at the Priestfield since Valentine’s Day.

The current run is by no means horrendous, but this game could be pivotal in deciding which way Justin Edinburgh and his players look for the remainder of the campaign.

Their visitors arrive on the back of a huge win over Yeovil in the week, and ironically their last win on the road came on the same day as their hosts last won at home.

Something may have to give tomorrow, or does that stat point to a draw.

A quick reaction…..

The boss has talked in his pre match press conference about the need for a response after Tuesday’s horror show, because he knows that this game will be no walkover with Colchester scrapping for their lives.

He has mentioned that the boys have been first class (as always) in training this week, so it is now up to him, Hess, Steve and the players to go out and prove that the defeat was no more than a blip.

Gills’ Team News

Justin was quick to draft in young Birmingham left back Amari’i Bell for the rest of the season, and he goes straight into the squad.

Amari’i Bell should go straight into the Gills’ side.

It is highly likely he will replace Joe Martin, who is out for at least two weeks, and will miss out along with Josh Pritchard.

Ollie Muldoon picked up a knock on Tuesday but is thought to be fine, so it could be a straight fight between him and Jake Hessenthaler for the final place in midfield.

RainhamEndViews’ chosen Gills XI.

Tuesday is now gone, and cannot be changed, so the Gills must dust themselves down and get on another good run.

If they play to their potential and react to the Chesterfield reverse in the same way they responded to the Barnsley defeat a few weeks ago then they should have enough quality to win the game.

Gillingham 3 Colchester United 1

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